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The Psychology of Screen Time

The average American spends up to six hours a day with some sort of screen media, but little is known about how that exposure and interaction affects users.

Researchers in the field of media psychology at Michigan State University are seeking to understand the causes and consequences of humans’ media use.

With the largest concentration of media psychologists in the world in MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, experts are working across disciplines to analyze how people interact with content, how stories impact users and why we choose to spend time with various media. Their findings will help explain the roles, uses and effects of media communication.

MSU’s media psychologists are studying topics such as binge-watching, fear appeal messages, race and media and many more topics related to the time people spend connected to a variety of media. A few projects are highlighted below.

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