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Television Use and Consumption of Elderly Americans

Television Use and Consumption of Elderly Americans
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Author(s): Robert Andrew Dunn (East Tennessee State University, USA) and Stephen W. Marshall (East Tennessee State University, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 11
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fifth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3479-3.ch074

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Abstract

The present research offers a state-of-the-art review on the elderly and their consumption of television, including new advancements in the media, potential motivations, and resulting effects. As the elderly watch more television than any other demographic, it is imperative that the research community is familiar with the nature of that relationship. The authors first discuss the nature of television viewing in today's modern digital landscape. This overview is followed by an assessment of current television consumption by the elderly, with particular attention given to TV news, a popular genre for the elderly, and assessments of TV quality by senior citizens. Finally, the researchers discuss the effects of television on older audiences, including physical, emotional, and mental health.

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