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Depressing New Report Connects TV Binge Watching With Depression

Watching hour after hour of the same TV show is linked to depression, lonliness, and impulse control issues.

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It’s pretty well understood that watching a lot of television probably isn’t all that good for you, but that hasn’t stopped many of us from setting up camp on the sofa to bask in the cold electric glow of the TV for hours on end. A March 2014 Nielsen report determined that the average American spends five hours a day watching live TV, with plenty more screen time spent on computers, phones, and tablets. And now, thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, we can up our TV consumption to near-limitless amounts, with whole seasons – entire series, even – at our disposal. Yes, we’ve had DVD and VHS box sets for years, but those required switching the disc or cassette every few episodes – Now we’re able to absorb an entire show without ever having to get off the couch (bladder permitting).

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“To Baltimore, My Beloved Crabtown”

The Wire’s Rafael Alvarez knows he could be kissing Baltimore’s cheek for the last time.

My Beloved Crabtown,

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Chilean TV Show Rehabilitates Marijuana’s Public Image

Cultiva TV brings marijuana activism to the small screen.

As efforts to decriminialize marijuana use make significant gains in Latin American countries, a new TV channel in Chile is now making an attempt to win the hearts and minds of the public at large. It’s called Cultiva TV, and the people behind it want to dispel misinformation about marijuana consumption and educate Chileans about the “medicinal, cultural and spiritual” properties of getting high. The program doesn’t just aim to change the way people think about and consume weed, it also intends to address marijuana regulation around the world and cultivation of the cannabis plant.

In the first episode, Cultiva TV reporters sought to understand European drug regulation laws. They visited a marijuana coffee shop in Amsterdam and interviewed a patient with dystonia who was consuming cannabis to relieve her muscular convulsions. Host Cristián Ansaldo dons a marijuana-leaf print jacket and walks through a lush green lanscape as he introduces each new segment of the show.

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