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Written by: Michael Bolton on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Posted in:

Over the last decade, warnings about children watching too much TV have generated a lot of media attention.  But it may come as a surprise to learn that seniors are watching too much TV as well.

In story written by NPR this week, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, have found that people over 65 watch three times more TV than younger adults.  In fact, results show that seniors spend 25 percent of their waking hours watching TV. Yet they enjoy their viewing far less than younger people.

According to the research, younger people said watching TV helped them relieve stress, but that relaxing effect seemed to decrease with age.

So, why do the elderly keep watching TV if they don’t enjoy it? Results point to more leisure time and physical limitations may hold them back from participating in other activities.

Read more here.

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