Study Shows Disney+ Is Good for Mental Health

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It looks like watching Disney+ is good for your mental health.

A fintech company called Self Financial conducted a study with 1,000 Americans to discover “the true cost of mental health.” Its findings revealed that an average of $287 a month is spent on mental health in the United States, and 52% of participants saw streaming services as a primary “indirect” way to benefit their mental health. (Direct methods include seeking counseling or using mental health apps.)

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Kristie Norwood, Ph.D., a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, explains why it makes sense for people to rely so heavily on the movies and TV shows provided by streaming services:

“Television shows can serve as a mechanism for people to mentally avoid dealing with everyday life challenges, remain connected to popular culture, experience positive emotions, and validate 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.” 

52% use streaming services for their mental health

Out of the 1,000 people surveyed, 53.2% were female, and 46.5% were male. Age-wise, 12.38% were 18-24, 38.09% were 25-34, 25.52% were 35-44, 14.17% were 45-54, 6.19% were 55-64, and 3.66% were 65 and older.

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This is not the first time Disney has been cited as being beneficial to one’s mental health. In February, we shared a story about a psychiatrist prescribing Disneyland or Walt Disney World trips to his patients. He believes “humans exposed to environments encompassing the patient with positivity and experiences that are enriching have changed the outlook for the patients.” And Disney Parks are examples of such positive and enriching environments.

Related: Disney-Loving Couples Have Better Relationships, Study Shows

It appears that the real-life magic one finds in a Disney theme park, which Psychiatry Today’s Dr. Sanders referred to, comes through Disney+, and a number of people have been relying on its collection of Star Wars, Pixar, and Disney movies and more to get them through this difficult time.

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