A new survey has found that the average Briton’s lifestyle is largely dictated by what they are watching on TV.
A survey of 2,000 adults in the UK found that around a third of respondents said they watch at least one show that is not at all interactive or social.
But there was also a lot of TV that didn’t require an interactive component.
Researchers from University College London surveyed 2,500 people who said they watched an average of at least 10 hours of television each week.
More than two-thirds of respondents – and an astonishing 86% of those who said the show was social or interactive – said that it was not something they watched to engage with the programme.
“This is not surprising given that a large proportion of us watch TV in the evenings,” said Dr Simon Leff, lead author of the study.
“It’s not a huge percentage, but it is certainly a high number.”
But when it came to the types of programmes people were watching, the most popular types of TV were not interactive or engaging.
Almost a third said they did not watch social or social media programmes at all, and nearly a third were not watching television at all.
It is thought that people who are in the habit of watching a lot television are more likely to binge watch it later in life.
Dr Leff added that many people are reluctant to switch off, because they do not want to miss out on what their friends and family are watching.
‘We live in a world where people watch television and don’t think about it much’ In a paper published in the Journal of Communication, Dr Leff and colleagues said they believed that this may be why some people are more sedentary than others.
They found that those who reported being in the “average” state of being engaged in activities that were not social or engaging, were much more likely than those who did not.
The researchers believe that these people are “willing to be engaged in the world around them”, and that it can be “good for our health” to be active in this way.
People who are most likely to say that they “do not think about the world” and who do not watch TV are more engaged with their social and/or social media feeds, the study found.
These “social media natives” are much more active on their social media accounts than those people who don’t spend enough time on their Facebook pages or who don�t use social media.
In addition, people who reported spending time on social media tended to have lower levels of health and well-being than those with lower levels, and were also more likely, on average, to report poor mental health and less social and positive mental health.
Overall, this is a concern because people who spend time online are more at risk of mental health problems, and this is exacerbated by social media use.
As Dr Leef said: “People who spend more time online, and who are more in the ‘average’ state of living, may be more vulnerable to depression, anxiety and poor mental well-perception than those in the more ‘normal’ state.”
We live on a constantly changing world, and people need to be aware of how their social life is being shaped by the technology that they use, and by the information that they consume online.
Social media use, like television and other media, can have a significant impact on the health of our society.
“Dr Leaff said that the results of the survey are “particularly relevant” to the growing number of parents and grandparents who have been asking their children to take the time to get up from the couch to take part in activities, like running or cycling, and to be physically active.”
As parents and parents-in-law we want to make sure that the kids are engaged and are getting active, and the most important thing for parents to remember is that they should be able to do this,” Dr Leaff told The Huffington Post UK.
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