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Television Drove Viewers to the Web to Explore Obama-Muslim Rumors

September 28, 2010 coms 0

A study examining Americans’ interest in the rumor that Barack Obama is a Muslim shows that the mainstream media – particularly television – still influences the topics that engage the public. Researchers found that online searches about the Obama-Muslim rumor spiked on days that the topic was heavily covered on national television networks, and that searches declined on days when there was less coverage.

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For Teens, Early Sex and Media Exposure Not Linked

September 22, 2010 coms 0

The prevalence of sex in the mainstream media has led many researchers to study its effect on impressionable adolescents. Several published, peer-reviewed studies have indicated that there is a link between exposure to sex in the media and the early onset of sexual activity among teens. However, a study led by Temple psychologist Laurence Steinberg questions these findings.

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People Over 50 Prefer Negative Stories About Young People

September 1, 2010 coms 0

When given a choice, older people prefer to read negative news, rather than positive news, about young adults, a new study suggests. In fact, older readers who chose to read negative stories about young individuals actually get a small boost in their self-esteem, according to the results.

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Today’s superheroes send wrong image to boys, say researchers

August 31, 2010 coms 0

Watching superheroes beat up villains may not be the best image for boys to see if society wants to promote kinder, less stereotypical male behaviors, according to psychologists who spoke Sunday at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

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Video Gaming Magazines Influence Muscularity Among Boys

August 30, 2010 coms 0

In a study to be published this summer in the journal Body Image, University of Illinois researchers discovered that exposure to video gaming magazines has a stronger influence on preadolescent boys’ drive for muscularity, or desire for muscle mass, than does exposure to magazines that depict a more realistic muscular male-body ideal.

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Reality TV and Teenage Plastic Surgery Linked [Study]

August 2, 2010 coms 0

There is no shortage of reality TV shows that focus on plastic surgery as a way of improving oneself, but what effect is this having on the viewers? Teenagers make up a large percentage of the audience for these types of shows, and it is not news that teenagers are especially self-conscious of their appearance. The problem with these reality television shows is that they make happiness appear to be just a surgery away.

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Don’t Blame Media for Troubled Youths

June 22, 2010 coms 0

With many problems in today’s society — for example, violence, teen pregnancy, and obesity — media is constantly deemed the culprit. But Karen Sternheimer says our problems are much more complex than that. One commonality has been found among all these problems: poverty.