The People We Meet

@article{Madison2015ThePW,
  title={The People We Meet},
  author={T. Phillip Madison and Lance Porter},
  journal={Imagination, Cognition and Personality},
  year={2015},
  volume={35},
  pages={47 - 71}
}
A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study reported Americans spend more time watching television than engaging in interpersonal activities. At the same time, television content is increasing in both complexity and quality, and important questions are emerging. With viewers spending increased time with television content through omnipresent screens and always-on mobile devices, and with the content becoming more compelling, are media effects changing? This study takes a fresh look at the deep… 

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