While I was binging away the best years of my life in front of the comforting glow of a television screen -- watching Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and slipping in the occasional Kardashian highlight -- I knew deep down inside, I wasn't wasting my time. I just felt that somehow, what I was doing was making me a better person... despite what my parents/girlfriends/psychologists told me.
Today, I have sweet, sweet, validation. Suck it, Dr. Frankel.
A new study published last week in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts showed that watching television, particularly "high quality dramas" like Mad Men and the West Wing can increase emotional intelligence -- basically, you become a more understanding, more empathetic person.