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Media Effects: Same Sex Marriage »

A poll released today from Ipsos MediaCT TV Dailies Study indicates how television has worked to influence public opinion on same sex marriage. Below is the text from the Ipsos media release:

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Late Night TV Does Not Promote Sleep Time »

Few parents would argue that watching television late at night doesn’t impact a child’s sleep patterns. read more »

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Too Many Underage Facebook Users »

Consumer Reports recent released the results of a survey that indicate of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook this past year, more than one-third were younger than 13—the supposed minimum age one must be to use Facebook. Obviously there is a problem, both with the age verification process and parents’ understandings of the… read more »

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Girls’ Clothing—Sexualizing At A Very Young Age »

Are we surprised? A recent study published by Springer Science+Business Media reveals that 29% of clothing made for girls (we’re not even talking teenagers here… these are “little” girls) features sexualized characteristics.

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Can We Trust Internet Information Sources? »

Does the Internet influence personal decisions you make about the products you buy, who you spend time with or what medical procedures you may select? According to PR firm Fleishman-Hillard who contracted Harris Interactive to update their ongoing Digital Influence Index, the trust we have in information on the Internet varies depending on where… read more »

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Media In The Lives of 8 to 18 Year Olds »

In January 2010, the Kaiser Family Foundation released the third edition in a series of reports covering how children aged 8 to 18 use media in their lives. As usual, this KFF report is eye opening and a must-read for parents and anyone interested in the use of media by children.

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FTC Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children »

Released in December 2009, this report details improvements and deficiencies in the current US marketplace with the selling of media products to children and teens. Of particular interest within the report are the compliance rates of specific retailers in making sure underage customers don’t have access to adult rated products.

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Can Watching Television Make Your Kids Depressed? US Study Finds Possible Association »

After spending day after day in front of the television, do you think your kids show indicators of depression? It may not be just your imagination. A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh followed over 4,000 adolescents for seven years. None were showing depressive tendencies at the beginning of the study. By the end, about 7% were reporting… read more »

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More Than a Just a Game: Video Game and Internet Use During Emerging Adulthood »

This study from Brigham Young University is unusual in that it looked at young adults and how their video game and Internet use was related to their likeliness to become involved in risk-taking activities like drinking, drug use and recreational sex. The results indicate video game use was linked to negative outcomes for men and women, that men and… read more »

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Does Watching Sex on Television Predict Teen Pregnancy? »

This article may be the first that looks at actual data that suggests there is a prospective link between exposure to sexual content on television and the likelihood of experiencing a pregnancy before the age of 20. The data was collected over 3 years.

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Networked Families »

Parents and spouses are using the internet and cell phones to create a “new connectedness” that builds on remote connections and shared internet experiences.

This study, from the Pew Internet Project and the University of Toronto, discovers the traditional two-parent nuclear family is the type most likely to embrace cell phones… read more »

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