Commercials Increase Enjoyment Of TV Shows?
from the alternative-explanations dept
Another potential explanation could just be the way we view watching sitcoms -- where we've been somewhat conditioned for those regular breaks. We're used to them, and being able to do something during them (go to the bathroom, get a snack, talk to a significant other/kids/parents), and taking them out so that the entire show goes straight messes with our own expectations. If that latter idea is correct, then it would suggest that having people watch a show where they could fast forward via DVR through the commercials should still be quite enjoyable, because they still get the break and still can do those "other" things during the breaks rather than actually watching the commercials. In other words, it may be that people like the breaks, not the commercials.