Television addiction

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For the similarly named song, see Television Addict. For the UK television show, see Telly Addicts.

Television addiction is a condition studied in television studies where the subject has a compulsion to watch television programming. The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases. It has many parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which create an altered mental state in the subject. It can occur at any age. [1]

Disagreements on definition[edit]

Television addiction is not a diagnosable condition of DSM-IV.[2] It is however, widely recognized as a real problem that people face. [3]

Studies have shown that 65 to 70% of Americans believe television is addictive. There are many anecdotal reports of TV addiction, but there have been few empirical studies on the matter. [4]

Research has yet to define parameters for "normal" vs. "problem" television viewing. Studies define these differently depending on the research.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ How Viewers Grow Addicted To Television.
  2. ^ McIlwraith, Robert. ""I', addicted to television": the personality, imagination, and TV watching patterns of self-identified TV addicts". Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
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  4. ^ McIlwraith, Robert; Robin Jacobvitz; Robert Kubey; Alison Alexander (November 1991). "Television Addiction: Theories and Data Behind the Ubiquitous Metaphor". American Behavioral Scientist (35 (2)): 104–121. 
  5. ^ Horvath, Cary (September 2004). "Measuring Television Addiction". Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 378: 378. 

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