The media and family communication

Barbara Jan Wilson, Kristin L. Drogos

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Abstract

Communication technologies permeate the homes of American families today. The average child lives in a household with four television sets, two radios, three DVD or VCR players, two CD players, two video game consoles, and two computers (Rideout, Foehr, & Roberts, 2010). Moreover, children spend over seven and a half hours each day using these media (Rideout et al., 2010). In many American homes, the television occupies a central space in the main gathering area, often accompanied by a surround-sound system and other technologies to heighten the quality and realism of the viewing experience. Given their prominence, the media are clearly an integral part of the daily routines of family life. Families eat meals around the television set, parents read the newspaper comics to young children, and siblings gather together to watch a rented movie on a DVD player. But the media can be used to avoid family interactions as well. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the relationship between media technologies and family communication. To illustrate how multi-faceted this relationship is, consider the following example of a six-year-old girl entering her parents' bedroom one morning before school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Family Communication
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages424-447
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781136946370
ISBN (Print)9780415881982
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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communication
television
DVD
parents
CD
meals
computer game
movies
realism
communication technology
radio
newspaper
Family Communication
Players
interaction
school
experience
Family Interaction
Sound System
Video Games

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Wilson, B. J., & Drogos, K. L. (2012). The media and family communication. In The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication (pp. 424-447). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203848166

The media and family communication. / Wilson, Barbara Jan; Drogos, Kristin L.

The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication. Taylor and Francis, 2012. p. 424-447.

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Wilson, BJ & Drogos, KL 2012, The media and family communication. in The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication. Taylor and Francis, pp. 424-447. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203848166
Wilson BJ, Drogos KL. The media and family communication. In The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication. Taylor and Francis. 2012. p. 424-447 https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203848166
Wilson, Barbara Jan ; Drogos, Kristin L. / The media and family communication. The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication. Taylor and Francis, 2012. pp. 424-447
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