Mood Management Through Selective Media Use for Health and Well-Being

Authored by: Melissa J. Robinson , Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick

The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-Being

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138886582
eBook ISBN: 9781315714752
Adobe ISBN: 9781317501954

10.4324/9781315714752.ch5

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Abstract

The extensive use of media in our daily lives begs the question of whether or not we are doing ourselves a favor with so much time spent with screen pixels, electronic tunes, and printed paper. For example, the average American spent 2.8 hours per day on television use in 2013 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). Abundant concerns about negative media impacts on health and well-being have been voiced – for example, that media exposure causes violence, fear, obesity, and sexual callousness (Anderson & Bushman, 2001; Brown, 2002; Gerbner, Gross, Morgan, Signorielli, & Shanahan, 2002; Jordan, Kramer-Golinkoff, & Strasburger, 2008), to name just a few. But could this “dark side” of media exposure have a positive flipside?

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