Who else enjoys rewatching their favorite Disney shows and movies? It turns out watching Disney+ can be beneficial to the mental health of those who watch!
Cable TV and streaming services like Disney+ are the most used (51.6%) method to take care of mental health. Other prominent methods include socializing with friends (48%) and listening to music (44%).
When asked about their experience during the global pandemic specifically, almost 1 in 5 (18%) said that TV streaming like Netflix and Disney+ was one of the three most important things for their mental health to combat the effects of COVID-19. This was found to be more important than counseling, mental health apps and podcasts, alcohol, journals, and music.
Health experts note the advantages of watching our favorite shows. For instance, television shows can serve as a mechanism for viewers to experience positive emotions. It helps in escaping everyday life challenges and also by validating aspects of their lives. Through portrayed character experiences, viewers are able to feel a sense of internal connection, validation and normalization when their personal life situations are displayed; this pleasant connection and gratification often triggers dopamine in the brain which causes the behavioral response of continuous streaming, also known as “binge-watching.”