Subtle messages in children’s TV can backfire

Nuanced moral messages in young children's TV shows can fail or even backfire, research finds.

Karen Nikos-UC Davis | July 1, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture learning morals preschoolers television

‘Nice people finish last’ with investors, ‘Shark Tank’ shows

To study how investors judge pitches, researchers used an odd laboratory: the TV show "Shark Tank."

Jill Young Miller-Washington U. | June 28, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business confidence investments money physical-appearance television

Reptile expert sizes up the ‘Game of Thrones’ dragons

How big could the Game of Thrones dragons really get? How would they breathe fire? A reptile expert answers your dragon questions.

Alisson Clark-Florida | April 11, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology books myths reptiles television

Tweeting during TV might push you to buy stuff online

Watching TV while you share your thoughts on Twitter could make you less likely to resist ads and more likely to shop online.

George Vlahakis-Indiana | April 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture advertising consumers internet online-shopping television twitter

Political dramas with female stars draw fans to politics

Fans of shows like Scandal and Madam Secretary may be more interested and active in politics.

Joseph Paul-Purdue | March 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture emotions politics social-lives television

Can Netflix binges lead to ‘mean world syndrome’?

Binging violent shows may make you see the world as meaner and scarier than it really is, researchers report.

Boston University | March 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture emotions internet perception television violence

Time-shift TV doesn’t keep people from watching ads

Do you use time-shift TV? New research shows you may be watching just as many ads as before you did.

Caitlin Kizielewicz Carnegie Mellon | Feb. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture advertising television

A little digital piracy boosts the bottom line

A little bit of piracy can actually help manufacturers, retailers, and consumers, even when the pirated product is a show like Game of Thrones.

George Vlahakis-Indiana | Feb. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business consumers crimes economics manufacturing retail television

Parents talk to kids about tech but not what they watch

While many parents are concerned about screen time, new research shows parents talk to their kids more about how to use devices than what they use them for.

Laura Bailey-Michigan | Dec. 12, 2018 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture families internet mobile-devices parents television

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