Tuesday, October 17, 2006

is TV a drug?

Millions of Americans are so hooked on television that they fit the criteria for substance abuse as defined in the official psychiatric manual, according to Rutgers University psychologist and TV-Free America board member Robert Kubey.

Heavy TV viewers exhibit five dependency symptoms--two more than necessary to arrive at a clinical diagnosis of substance abuse. These include:

1) using TV as a sedative;

2) indiscriminate viewing;

3) feeling loss of control while viewing;

4) feeling angry with oneself for watching too much;

5) inability to stop watching;

6) feeling miserable when kept from watching.

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