Television and the Quality of Life

Television and the Quality of Life

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Employing a unique research methodology that enables people to report on their normal activities as they occur, the authors examine how people actually use and experience television -- and how television viewing both contributes to and detracts from the quality of everyday life. Studied within the natural context of everyday living, and drawing comparisons between television viewing and a variety of other daily activities and leisure pursuits, this unusual book explores whether television is a boon or a detriment to family life; how people feel and think before, during, and after television viewing; what causes television habits to develop; and what causes heavy viewing -- and what heavy viewing causes -- in the short and long term. Television and the Quality of Life also compares the viewing experience cross-nationally using samples from the United States, Italy, Canada, and Germany -- and then interprets the findings within a broad theoretical and historical framework that considers how information use and daily activity contribute to individual, familial, societal, and cultural development.... 96 television viewing, 71-72, 88 time use, 151 VCR viewing, 98 video games, 97 Germans and television viewing, 93-94 Goethea#39;s (Johann) ... of needs ( Maslow), 9n.5, 1 16 High definition television (HDTV), 136- 137 Impulse control and viewing, 170 Income and Consumer Price Index, . Habituation and viewing, 137-139, 144 Harris (Susan) on wealth, 203 Heavy television viewing and activation, 132, anbsp;...

Title:Television and the Quality of Life
Author:Robert Kubey, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-12-02


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