Why Men Watch Football

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Why Men Watch Football - Bob Andelman
Around this time of the year, a question looms in the minds of many women (and some men): Why do men watch football? "Why is it that a man will sit down for six hours in front of the television set when football games are on, yet he won’t sit still for more than 10 or 15 minutes for anything else when he’s at home? What is that? What’s the big attraction? What needs are being met, what yearnings in the man are being satisfied by watching football hour after hour, week after week?" (3). Bob Andelman attempts to shed light on this mystery in his book. The answers come in two categories: (1) Men watch football for entertainment. It is a pleasant diversion and distraction from their dull routines. (2) Men watch football to meet deep psychological needs and desires. The first answer – football as entertainment – is certainly true. Football provides an exciting source of stimulating amusement. But it offers so much more. Like good therapy, football satisfies many psychological and social needs in the lives of men. For a list of some of the needs Andelman presents, click here.

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