Best form of relaxation: Watching TV or reading books? | The Tylt
When you come home after a long day, there's usually more than one option for entertainment. From video games to exercising or even cooking, everyone has their routine. Two of these have stood the test of time: watching television and reading books. Some prefer to kick back and binge all of "Game of Thrones" before it premieres in April, while others would rather dive into their favorite novel, or perhaps a memoir by a certain beloved first lady. Which would you rather spend your time doing?
Best form of relaxation: Watching TV or reading books?
Despite reports of bookstores closing their doors across the country, it seems that millennials are reading more than any other generation before. According to Pew Research:
Young adults – 80% of 18- to 29-year-olds have read a book in the last year, compared with 67% of those 65 and older.
Based on Pew's other research, this means that millennials are more likely than any other generation to have read a book in the previous year.
Having a book in your hands is an irreplaceable feeling. Nothing can absorb your attention as much as a good story, and there's no better way to relax than by diving into another character's world, rather than existing in your own.
Rather than escapism, books are a gateway to empathy. Reading refreshes your mind and body, unlike many TV shows out there.
Millennials are also spending plenty of their time watching TV. According to Nielsen, TV accounts for the majority of video-consumption among young adults.
From "Homecoming" to "Umbrella Academy," there's no shortage of content out there for everyone to consume. There's nothing better than coming home, plopping on the couch, and turning on a show that will entertain, but not overexert your brain. TV is the best way to recharge.
And if you just can't help but reach for the remote, you're not alone. There's a psychological reason why you just can't stop watching. Psychology Today reports:
As Kubey and Csikszentmihalyi have noted, "Within moments of sitting or lying down and pushing the 'power' button, viewers report feeling more relaxed." Turn the TV off, though, and that relaxation vanishes as quickly as it appeared. We know that's going to happen. That keeps us watching just one more episode, and then another after that.