ERIC Number: ED175437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
Mood States and Television Viewing in Adults.
Kubey, Robert W.
This study of the impact of television on the moods of adults examined responses to television in the subjects' natural habitats and compared mood states while watching television to moods associated with other daily activities. Data were gathered by the recently developed method of experiential sampling in which automatic paging devices signal subjects at random intervals; subjects indicated their activity, mood state, and other data in response to each of 45 electronic radio signals over a period of one week. In all, 104 adult workers aged 18-63 completed self-report forms in response to these signals, took a personality test, and were interviewed by a team of researchers. The results indicated that TV watching in adults is an unchallenging and relaxing experience. Higher amounts of TV viewing were significantly correlated with negative mood states such as hostility and suspicion in non-television activities. Practical applications of these and other findings are considered in light of the television viewing habits of older adults. (Author/RAO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Experiential Sampling
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (Dallas, Texas, November 17, 1978)