Feeling blue? Maybe you need more black and white in your life.
According to researchers at the University of Maryland, “very happy people” read the newspaper. What they don’t do is watch much television.
“TV doesn't really seem to satisfy people over the long haul the way that social involvement or reading a newspaper does,” University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson said in a press release.
The study for which Robinson is a co-author analyzed 30-years worth of data.
Here’s the thing about the study: It was published in 2008
. So why highlight it now?
Last month, Prevention magazine
listed six “weird things” that make you happy and No. 6 is reading the newspaper. On Monday, New York Times
media columnist David Carr tweeted
a link to the story, saying “Read it and don't weep.”
article suggests that reading a print newspaper is a key to happiness—it suggests subscribing to your local paper—but the study doesn’t specifically mention print. University of Maryland researchers found that “self-described very happy people were more socially active, attended more religious services, voted more and read more newspapers.” It doesn’t specify whether it’s print.
So you might see a boost in your attitude if you scan the Times’ online edition. Good thing, too—more than half of the Gray Lady’s circulation stems from its website and mobile apps, according to the most recent report from the Audit Bureau of Circulation
Meanwhile, TV remains the most popular source of news, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center report
. TV audiences are getting older, the report noted.