Happiness without TV

Kromar Living without the Screen

“TV doesn’t really seem to satisfy people over the long haul the way that social involvement or reading a newspaper does,” says University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson. “It’s more passive and may provide escape – especially when the news is as depressing as the economy itself. The data suggest to us that the TV habit may offer short-run pleasure at the expense of long-term malaise.”


A study by sociologists at the University of Maryland concludes that unhappy people watch more TV, while people who describe themselves as “very happy” spend more time reading and socializing.

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There are doubtlessly more and more people living without TV and finding themselves happier and with greater self-esteem than ever.

The fascinating thing is that there are so few research made about TV, its impact on people’s life and even more interesting about people who decided to not watch TV anymore. The following book is a wonderful exception, worth reading.

Living Without the Screen: Causes and Consequences of Life without Television

Kromar Living without the Screen

Book Facts

  • Author: Marina Kromar
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition, August 28, 2008
  • Paperback, also available as ebook and Hardcover
  • 248 pages

Marina Krcmar is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department of Wake Forest University. Her research focuses on children, adolescents, and the media. Living Without the Screen provides an in-depth study of those American families and individuals who opt not to watch television, exploring the reasons behind their choices, discussing their beliefs about television, and examining the current role of television in the American family.

Readers review

These days, there are very few research studies in social sciences where one thinks ‘why hasn’t this been done before?’. Here is one of them. In truth, a few researchers have looked at television non-viewers but, to my knowledge, none of them has done so in anything like this depth. Krcmar deserves enormous credit for having done so. There is a wealth of worthwhile material and discussion here that should make any social scientist with a pulse engage with the subject of television use in a fresh way.