Today’s teens are growing up in an increasingly complex media environment, with media literally at their fingertips. It is important that researchers have the tools they need to understand the opportunities and consequences of this access and use. This month, CcaM researchers published two new measures – the short media multitasking measure (MMM-S) and the social media disorder scale (SMD) – to help researchers better address the pressing questions of youth and media today.
Teens only become more aggressive as a result of exposure to violent games and television programmes when they are also exposed to aggression in their social environment, such as conflict in their family or aggressive behaviour among friends. This means that most parents need not directly worry about negative effects of media violence on their children’s behaviour. This is one of the findings from Karin Fikkers' doctoral research. Fikkers will defend her dissertation on Thursday, February 25 at the University of Amsterdam.
CcaM faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD students are presenting new research at the 2016 Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap (24 hours of Communication Sciences) in Amsterdam on Feb. 4 and 5.
Violent media use can be a precursor as well as a result of ADHD-related behaviours. This is one of the findings from Sanne Nikkelen’s doctoral research. Nikkelen will defend her PhD on Wednesday, January 20th at the University of Amsterdam.
It is abundantly clear that not all children are affected by media in the same way. Some children experience negative effects, some children positive, and for some children – effects are generally neutral. In a new article published in a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist, CcaM’s Jessica Piotrowski & Patti Valkenburg discuss why researchers must carefully look at individual differences when studying media effects.
Teens who perceive more aggression among their friends become more aggressive after exposure to violent games and TV-programs - an insight that may help identify groups of children who are vulnerable to media violence. This is one of the results of a two-year survey among 943 Dutch adolescents conducted by a team of CcaM-scientists, now published online in Media Psychology.
Today, teens are confronted with both positive and negative feedback on social media. Negative feedback can have negative consequences for well-being, yet we know little about who is most at-risk for experiencing such feedback. A new CcaM study was designed to identify which teens are most at risk for receiving such feedback, and why. Results indicate that adolescents engaging in risky online behavior are the most likely to receive negative feedback online.
Many CcaM faculty, postdocs, and PhD students are presenting new research at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA).
For children aged 3-12 years old, reducing nighttime TV viewing seems to a promising direction for helping children achieve healthier viewing amounts. A new CcaM study shows decreased viewing before bedtime is associated with reduced overall TV viewing for all children regardless of age, race, parental education, or family income.
A new CcaM study evaluated existing measures of TV and game violence exposure. Results indicate that one form (direct estimates) are most appropriate for media violence research, and highlight how we can improve our measurement in the future.