Television and the Quality of Life

Television and the Quality of Life

How Viewing Shapes Everyday Experience

Book - 1990
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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.
rk that considers how information use and daily activity contribute to individual, familial, societal, and cultural development.
Publisher: Hillsdale, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, 1990
ISBN: 9780805807080
080580708X
9780805805529
0805805524
Characteristics: xvii, 287 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly

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