Why Your TV Could Be Making You Unhappy – and other news

by DavalosMcCormack on November 18, 2008

After a hard day at the office what better way to unwind than to go home, flop on the couch and turn on the TV. It’s brain candy right? Well, that might be an apt description, because just as candy rots your teeth, a new study says watching too much TV might rot your brain!

Researchers at the University of Maryland found that unhappy people watch more TV, while people who describe themselves as happy spend more time reading or socializing.

This wasn’t some random piece of research either. The researchers looked at 30 years of national data from time-use studies and social attitudes surveys. In these surveys people were asked to fill out diaries for 24 hours, listing how pleasurable they found specific activities.

Those people who watched a lot of TV tended to be the ones who got the least pleasure out of life. In comparison, people who read and socialized a lot tended to be happier.

Now that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch TV or you’ll be doomed to depression. Just do so in.. and here comes that dreaded word again.. moderation. Meaning “The Daily Show” is fine but not “America’s Next Supermodel”.

Why Sports Is Bad For Your Health 

Here’s an irony. You are always being told that sports is good for your health, but turns out that only applies if you play it, not watch it. In fact, the more fanatic a fan you are (and guess where the word fan came from…) the worse it is for your health.

In a study presented at what has now become my all-time favorite medical meeting – the Arkansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference – the researchers say that sports fans engage in riskier behavior than non-sports fans and this places them at increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and premature death.

Go Grim Reaper!!!

Apparently the study – done by researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – found that the most devoted sports fans eat more fast food, have crappier diets, drink more alcohol and generally take less care of themselves than non-sports fans or even casual sports fans.

As a result fanatic fans are fatter, and altogether unhealthier than ordinary fans.

Smokers Can Kiss Their Bladder Goodbye

Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, the day when lots of people try – again – to stop smoking.

If you are looking for yet one more reason why you should quit try this; smoking causes bladder cancer.

That’s according to a new study published in The Journal of Urology which found that smokers are twice as likely to get bladder cancer as non-smokers.

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men, and the eighth most common in women. So if you smoke you may end up having your bladder removed. Then what the heck are you going to do. Think of how much fun that would be.

Without a bladder you get to either wear a bag to hold your urine (you’d have to get your tailor to alter all your suits!!) or you can have an internal storage device but then you’d have to insert a catheter to pee.

Quitting smoking really is so much easier and so much more elegant don’t you think?

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