I often go to movies alone. Tyler convinced me to try, and I haven’t looked back. So naturally I’m delighted to hear that S.C Noah Uhrig has found that “Cinema Is Good for You”:

Using data from wave 12 of the British Household Panel Study, I find that cinema attendance has strong positive effects on happiness and stable negative effects on self-reporting of anxiety or depression, even when controlling for various socio-demographic and economic factors. This research confirms, therefore, that cinema is a unique leisure activity with beneficial properties for well-being.

I now await the followup study: “Gaming Is Really Good for You.” Surely this important research topic has grown too big to keep neglecting? 🙂