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Reading: Watching TV

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Do you think you watch too much TV? Honestly, I wish I could watch more but I'm usually studying or working!

Apparently, TV shows ending can make some people very upset. Have you ever been sad because a show has ended? What are your favourite programmes? Let us know!

Take a look at this article what is Downton Abbey and what is the Downton Abbey Effect? Leave your answer in the comments box.

Then read this article and try and complete the gaps with the missing words.

Lesson by Caroline

Missing Words & Definitions

Participants - (noun) people who take part or involved in an activity.
Companionship - (noun) the enjoyment of spending time with other people.
Socializing - (verb) spending time with friends for fun.
Distress - (noun) a time of strong worry or sadness.
Intensity - (noun) the quality of having strong emotions or opinions.
Reacted - (verb) to have acted in a particular way as a direct result of something else.
Internet - (noun) also know as the 'web' - you are using it now!
Repeats - TV shows that are shown again.

The end of your favourite TV show can make you sad

Some television viewers feel 'distress' when their favourite series comes to an end, a study has shown.

Those who watch TV for _1_ or feel particularly close to a character are most likely to be upset when their favourite series finishes - falling victim to what has been dubbed the 'Downton Abbey Effect', after the hit TV series.

The U.S. study examined how university-aged viewers _2_ when their favourite shows ended, and how they felt when they were replaced with _3_ after TV writers in the U.S. went on strike in 2007 and 2008.

_4_ were also asked about how often they watched television, how important viewing was to them, and their reasons for watching.

The results, in the journal Mass Communication and Society, showed that those who reported stronger 'relationships' with characters also told of more _5_ when the programmes temporarily went off the air.

Emily Moyer-Gusi, professor of communication at Ohio State University, said the level of distress depended on why they watched.

She added: 'While some felt real distress, it is not comparable to the distress that comes from real break-ups.'

'There are some aspects of relationships with TV characters that may be comparable to real relationships, but the _6_ is generally much lower.'

And the end of the shows did not lead to more _7_ or exercise.

Many participants - 40 per cent - replaced viewing with other media activities, such as using the _8_.

Only 18 per cent said they spent more time with friends and family.

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