The correct answer to this question, of course, is “Yes.” #SavedYouAClick
However, since reading “calms the nerves, increases language and reasoning, and can even keep you mentally alert as you age”—while watching TV pretty much does the opposite—we recommend clicking anyway. Not only that, but it appears to be the nature of the activities themselves, rather than differences in quality between the two, that accounts for the difference. So, basically, reading this beats watching this.
With that in mind, I’m a-gonna throw caution to the wind and take a copy of Library of America’s American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956–1958 into the woods this weekend. War and Peace can wait.