The Big Idea:
They’ve been calling it the ‘Idiot Box’ for years. The good news is, they’re wrong.
The Brains Behind It:
A 2009 study jointly conducted by Surrey and Illinois universities found that television shows – specifically The Simpsons, 24, and Lost – had a positive impact on viewers, helping them better understand and discuss political and ethical issues.
And though vegging out in front the box is generally considered a surefire way of melting one’s brains, Dr. Tereza Capelos, from the University of Surrey claimed it was the state of “enjoyment and relaxation” that made viewers more receptive to new ideas and information.
It’s probably safe to assume those Friends repeats for the hundredth time aren’t doing much for you, but you can lay down a few more neural pathways by cracking into all those awesome boxsets you’ve been meaning to catch up on for years. Next stop, Westeros.