Television: Video Venom

Are TV addicts healthy?

Does heavy television viewing pose a hazard to psychic health? That was the theme of Being There, the 1979 movie starring Peter Sellers as a man whose perceptions of reality were totally derived from the sex, violence and vacuity he saw on the tube. Social scientists have said that TV may have a role in inciting criminal behavior and have found near-constant viewers to be alienated types who find the world a scary place.

Now comes a defense of TV addicts. In a new study, Paul Hirsch, 34, a sociologist at...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!