According to a recent study done by psychologists at Syracuse University, the type of program you zone in on while watching TV says a lot about who you are. Here's what researchers discovered about our TV habits.
- If you love watching game shows, then you tend to value intellect! Studies show that solving the puzzles on game shows helps to stimulate your brain and promote the growth of new brain cells. Why? Because all that thinking keeps the neurons in your noggin working hard. Those are the cells that are in charge of brain activity.
- If you're more of a sitcom lover, then you're probably a lighthearted person! Psychologist Dr. Tina Tessina says that sitcom junkies typically have tough jobs, so when they get home, they just want to plop on the couch, have a good laugh, and forget all the meetings and spreadsheets they dealt with earlier that day.
- If you get pumped when someone is kicked off the island on Survivor, then you're the fun loving type! Statistics show that people who love reality shows tend to be young at heart. Reality shows also help with problem solving skills--Because viewers can relate more to 'real people' on TV who are just like them and then think about how they would handle a similar situation.
- And finally, if dramas like CSI and The West Wing dominate your TV, then you're most likely the sophisticated sort! Dr. Tessina says that if you love a good drama, you'd rather challenge your mind than watch mindless pratfalls. You get excited when there's a murder or mystery, and sit at home trying to crack the case before the characters do.