A new study suggests that women who watched Friends reported that the show had a significantly negative effect on participants' satisfaction with their own body image.

"Our study showed two things," said Dr. Stephen Want, an Assistant Professor in Ryerson's Department of Psychology. "First, people have the tendency to make rapid comparisons of themselves to images on television programs even when they don't think they are being affected. Second, when we are reminded that 'real life' doesn't resemble what is seen on TV, and we can look at things with a critical eye, the comparisons become less relevant."

So while Friends may be known as a feel-good show, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe were always silently judging you from behind the screen.

[Physorg via Jezebel]