If you are concerned that you have been spending too much time in front of the screen lately, you’ll be happy to hear that a new study has found that Disney+ is good for your mental health. The research was conducted by Fintech company, Self Financial, which showed streaming services are having a positive impact during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The study followed 1,000 Americans to discover “the true cost of mental health.” It discovered that an average of $287 a month is spent on mental health in the United States, from direct and indirect sources.
The study found the most popular indirect methods people are spending their money on for the benefit of their mental health are TV and streaming services (51.5%), socializing (48%), music streaming (44%), and food and drink (43%). In addition, 18% of those surveyed stated streaming services had the most positive impact on their mental health.
You can view the chart from Self Financial below:
Kristie Norwood, PhD, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist explained the mental health implications of TV shows and streaming:
“Television shows can serve as a mechanism for people to mentally avoid dealing with everyday life challenges, remain connected to popular culture, experience positive emotions, and validate aspects of their lives. Through portrayed character experiences, viewers are able to feel a sense of internal connection, validation and normalization when their personal life situations are displayed; this pleasant connection and gratification often triggers dopamine in the brain which causes the behavioral response of continuous streaming, also known as “binge-watching.”
“While streaming within itself does not have deleterious effects, research has shown that excessive levels of streaming can lead to addiction symptoms, anxiety, isolation, loneliness, and guilt.”
You can read more about Self Financial’s study and their findings here.