Does Media Affect Human Behavior And Beliefs More Than The Reality?

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Ward and Carlson (2013), hypothesized that media content that is represented as more realistic such as reality TV shows impact human behavior and beliefs more than the shows that are fictional. The more time people spend watching reality TV, their level of social aggression increases because these people tend to think that everything shown in the reality shows is true, so high level of reality shows watching is correlated with high level of social aggression (Ward & Carlson, 2013).
Ward and Carlson (2013) selected 174 high school students from Michigan between the ages of 14-18; eighty-three percent subjects were Caucasian, and all of the participants came from well-educated families with both parents having at least bachelor degrees. A survey method was used to conduct this study; students were asked questions about how many hours they spend watching reality TV, music, and movies per week, and their answered were recorded using a 0-10 scale, where zero meant participants watch no TV and 10 meant, they spend 10 or more hour per week watching television (Ward & Carlson, 2013). Then, a list of reality shows was given to the participants, and they were asked to give a number (0-3) to each show; zero meant they have never watched the shows, and three meant they have seen all of the episodes (Ward & Carlson, 2013). Lastly, to assess social aggression, indirect/social/relational aggression scale, and to measure realism of reality TV, Perceived…

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