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June 12, 2019

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SCREEN TIME

June 12, 2019

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SCREEN TIME

The average American spends up to six hours a day with some sort of screen media, but little is known about how that exposure and interaction affects users.

Researchers in the field of media psychology at Michigan State University are seeking to understand the causes and consequences of humans’ media use.

With the largest concentration of media psychologists in the world in MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, experts are working across disciplines to analyze how people interact with content, how stories impact users and why we choose to spend time with various media. Their findings will help explain the roles, uses and effects of media communication.

MSU’s media psychologists are studying topics such as binge-watching, fear appeal messages, race and media and many more topics related to the time people spend connected to a variety of media. A few projects are highlighted below.

binge-watching

The impact of binge-watching on your health

Morgan Ellithorpe, assistant professor of advertising and public relations, partnered with Allison Eden, assistant professor of communication, to conduct research on the effects of binge watching. The two presented their findings at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association.

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risky social media

Connections between social media use and risky decision-making

Bad decision-making is a trait often associated with drug addicts and pathological gamblers, but what about people who excessively use social media? New research at Michigan State University shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making.

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fake news

Can the effects of fake news be reversed by affirming the self?

In the age of fake news, concerns about misinformation seem to have reached a pinnacle in U.S. society. A new research study to be published in Human Communication Research reports the results from two experiments that test whether beliefs based in “fake news” can be affected.

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