Reality Television Exposure Study

February 08, 2012

My latest academic study is in the journal Communication Quarterly. Here is the citation:

Aubrey, J. S., Olson, L., Fine, M., Hauser, T., Rhea, D., Kaylor, B., & Yang, A. (2012). Investigating personality and viewing-motivation correlates of reality television exposure. Communication Quarterly, 60, 80-102.
Here is the abstract for the piece:
This study investigated the personality and viewing-motivation correlates of reality television exposure. Results from a survey of 592 undergraduates showed that extroversion negatively predicted reality television exposure, whereas neuroticism was not associated with it. Both instrumental (social interaction, information, and arousal) and ritualized (relaxation, pass time, entertainment, and companionship) viewing motivations positively predicted exposure to reality television. A two-stage model by which personality traits contributed to viewing motivations, which, in turn, contributed to the selection of reality television, was tested and offered an adequate fit to the data. Implications for uses and gratifications research are discussed.
Although I was just one the co-authors who helped put this study together, I enjoyed working on this piece that differs from the focus of most of my scholarly work.

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