Study: 'Oprah' Fans More Likely To Be Stressed
Many Wish Their Lives Were Calmer
POSTED: 2:54 p.m. EST October 31, 2003
CHICAGO -- Feeling stressed, unable to cope? Perhaps you should turn off
According to a new study, fans of the "Oprah Winfrey Show" have higher
stress levels than those who are not fans. According to the study, 5
percent of the country's adult population, or 9 million people, said
they feel so much stress that they can no longer cope. Half of those
said they were fans of the show.
The study was commissioned by Hale Dwoskin, author of "The Sedona
Method", which offers readers methods to relieve anxiety in preparation
for the release of his book, according to a news release announcing the
study. The study, conducted via a random telephone survey of 1,015
households, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.
"Either watching 'Oprah' leads to anxiety, or severely stressed
Americans are drawn to her show to look for solutions," said Dwoskin in
the release. "However, the most likely conclusion we can make is that
people who seek out Oprah's life-affirming TV are probably just more
aware, open and honest with their emotions."
The study also found that 76 percent of fans said they wished their
lives were calmer, almost 20 percent higher than non-fans. Fans of the
show were also twice as likely as non-fans to say that they were unable
to cope with the stress in their lives.
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