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https://www.healthline.com/health-news/tv-can-provide-social-connection

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Go Ahead. Binge That New TV Show. It’s Good for Your Mental Health
New research shows reading books, watching TV, and listening to music can all provide the social connection you may be missing right now.

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Nontraditional social strategies

Nontraditional social strategies
The so-called 'nontraditional social strategies' can fulfill social needs whenever we are not able to fulfill these needs by using traditional social strategies.&n...

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Traditional vs. non-traditional social strategies

While research has shown that nontraditional social strategies, such as reading a book or watching movies, can substitute for spending time...

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Nostalgia for social interactions

Whenever we are not able to meet our friends or family for a long period of time, we tend to feel nostalgic for those moments of togetherness that have just become...

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"Retro" Love

Production of new TV content has increased exponentially since the last decade, due to a variety of streaming platforms competing against each other and a whole lot of channels on the air.

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Searching For Stability

Retro video games and 80’s /90’s music are a popular choice even with thousands of new and ultra-realistic video games and so many options in music being available, as they provide a sense of comfort in a world that is increasingly precarious and unstable.

The overabundance of content makes people feel overwhelmed and confused. Add to it the fact that today’s pop culture options often reflect the current dystopian world, when most of us are wanting to escape from it, and have limited time. 

Volitional Reconsumption

.. is a deliberate act of revisiting old cultural favorites, as a form of self-discovery and self-identity. When people rewatch something, they watch it more intensely and can find out creative details and hidden meanings that were lost in the first viewing, appreciating the fine work of art even more.

Example: The Most Popular Sitcom in the UK in 2019 was the 90s sitcom Friends, which was in the Top 10 most-watched show list on Netflix the same year.

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia is not the enemy of progress. Nostalgia is very motivational. People in a nostalgic mood are more optimistic about their future and inspired to pursue their goals.

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Triggering nostalgia

Smells, tastes, photographs, and even music can trigger nostalgia.

The songs we listen to can be markers of notable events in our lives that can connect the past with the future.

Strategies speed readers use

Strategies speed readers use
  • Skimming: quickly going through passages to find the main points.
  • Meta guiding uses a pointer, such as your index finger or a pen, to guide your eyes along the lines...

Effectiveness of Speed Reading

Regardless of which reading method you use, the evidence points towards the fact that speed comes at the sacrifice of understanding.

Depending on what you’re reading, this might not necessarily be a bad thing: If you’re trying to get through a dry piece to capture a few key points or you are going through a short piece that’s easy to understand, speed reading strategies might make sense.

Make the most of what you read

  1. Choose different reading pieces for different occasions: articles and light reads can be reserved for short periods. Books that require less focus can be listened to in audio format etc.
  2. Incorporate reading into your daily habit: put a book on your bedside table.
  3. Share your reads with others, to help you to better understand and appreciate what you read.
  4. Reflect on your reading: take notes or check out films that are based on novels (to compare interpretations).