Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 6 May 2015

TV habits are no laughing matter

Northern Ireland people rely less on television comedy to cheer them up than people in Britain, it has emerged.

A report today also reveals that the kind of programmes that make people happy are not only influenced by age and gender, but on where they live.

The national interactive TeleHappiness Index, which is part of TV Licensing's TeleScope 2013, suggests that comedy is the genre which brings most happiness to people's lives, with 95% putting it at the top of their TeleHappiness Index.

But in Northern Ireland, people watch fewer than four hours of comedy a week, compared to 4.7 hours a week of news.

Across the province, it's entertainment (96%), children's TV (91%) and factual shows (88%) which make viewers happiest, with comedy lagging at 86%.

Adults in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and parts of England watch more children's shows than counterparts elsewhere.

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