Television addiction

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A child watching in front of a TV illustrates the addiction of television on children.

Television addiction is a proposed addiction model associated with maladaptive or compulsive behavior associated with watching television programming.[1][2][3]


The most recent medical review on this model concluded that pathological television watching behavior may constitute a true behavioral addiction, but indicated that much more research on this topic is needed to demonstrate this.[4] The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases. The television addiction model has parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which are also forms of compulsive behavior.


Television addiction is not a diagnosable condition of DSM-IV.[5]

Similarities with DSM-V for substance use disorder.

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  1. ^ TV Addiction: Characteristics and Treatment : Healthline
  2. ^ How Viewers Grow Addicted To Television - The New York Times
  3. ^ Television addiction: Implication for enhancing media literacy for healthy use of technology Manoj Kumar Sharma1, Girish N Rao2, Vivek Benegal3, K Thennarasu4 - Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry
  4. ^ Sussman S, Moran MB (2013). "Hidden addiction: Television". J Behav Addict. 2 (3): 125–32. doi:10.1556/jba.2.2013.008. PMC 4114517. PMID 25083294.
  5. ^ 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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