Apr 20th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Rates and Effects of Television Consumption in College Students

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Eric Landrum


Television addiction is a relatively unknown problem that many people struggle with that currently has only limited research and support. Many cases of possible television addiction go undiagnosed largely due to lack of definition and study on the matter. Few studies have created an in depth model of what the definition of dependence is with regards to television usage, both in terms of time spent as well as content. Confounding the issue is the fact that unlike many other addictions, this problem is seen as an issue of self control and personal discipline rather than focusing on the reasons why viewers log so many hours in the first place and what can be done to curb consumption. Although the purpose of this study was only to speculate on the matter, it attempted to find relationships between subjects who self reported moderate to high television usage with lowered college GPA scores and a tendency to keep later personal hours than those who report lesser amounts of viewing times. Indeed, relationships were found for television usage and GPA scores, and data suggests a relationship could possibly exist between usage and personal hours kept. The primary assertion that the data provides for is that there are connections between television usage and personal behavior, and that much more research and resources need to be made available and applied to diagnose and classify levels of dependence and more wholly understand the mental processes of television dependence and addiction.