Washington: A new study has found that watching television and its heavy dose of medical content in news and drama can cause more concern about personal health and reduce a person’s satisfaction with life.University of Rhode Island study, authored by Yinjiao Ye, found that TV viewing affects people’s awareness of health-risks and whether they believe they can protect their own health.People develop these perceptions because TV viewing leads them to believe they have a greater likelihood of being victimized by health-risks as well as a strong belief in the severity of those risks.Millions watch medical shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, House, and E.R. Evidence has shown that the mass media are powerful in disseminating health knowledge and changing health attitudes and behaviors through such programming.
In her study, the URI professor surveyed 274 students in the College of Communications at the University of Alabama about their TV viewing and life satisfaction. The students were not told the purpose of the survey. The surveyed students ranged in age from 18 to 31, a youthful group associated with good health and vitality."While this surveyed group shows dissatisfaction, I suspect that if I surveyed a more general population the dissatisfaction would be even higher," said the researcher.The research was published in the journal Mass Communication and Society. ANI
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