PSY 355 Psychology & Media in the Digital Age
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Trends in Media Use: Historical, National, International
History of Media: Innovations from 1800-2020
Adoption of Technology in the United States, 1900-2013
- What is most notable about how US households adopted different technologies between 1900 and 2013?
Traditional vs. New vs. New New Media: The Growing Media Environment
- What do you see as the major differences or changes between the new media (1980-2000) and the "new new" media (2000-present)?
Zickuhr & Smith (2012 PEW) Digital Differences Study
Highlighted Findings (Data collected in the summer of 2011)
- Adults with disabilities (27% of US adults) use the Internet less than adults without disabilities (54% vs. 81%). 2% have disabilities that make it very difficult or impossible to use the Internet
- Technology ownership: 88% cellphones; 57% laptop computers; 19% e-book readers; 19% tablet computers
- Wireless is rising quickly (vs. wired internet connection)
- No differences among White, African-Americans or English-speaking Hispanics in use of mobile phones.
Perrin & Duggan (2015 PEW) American's Internet Access: 2000-2015
- 84% of American Adults use the Internet
- There have been no significant differences between men and women in their use of the Internet between 2000 and today.
- Older adults (58%) use the Internet less than other adults. 96% of young adults (aged 18-29) and 91% of adults 30-49 years old use the Internet.
- Those who are wealthier & have more education use the Internet more than poorer people or those without high school diplomas. However, use has rapidly grown since 2000 for high school graduates (40% to 76%) and non-high school graduates (10=9% to 66%)
- Racial and ethnic differences are narrowing: 97% English-speaking Asian Americans; 85% of White Americans; 81% of Hispanics; and 78% of African-Americans use the Internet
- Rural Americans are less likely (78) to use the Internet than suburban or urban dwellers.
Rosen et al. (2013) The Media Technology Usage and Attitudes Scale (MTUAS)]
This formed the basis of the Digital Media User Survey that you completed.
Survey Sample Characteristics (Los Angeles, CA area)
- N = 942 (62% female)
- Age: M = 29.96 (Mdn = 25; SD - 12.5) years
- Ethnicity: Asian 9%; Black/African-American 15%; Caucasian 14%; Hispanic 55%; Other 7%
- Some college 51% & college degree 32%
- 49% single; 31% married or living with someone
- 40% had children (M = 2.68 children) & 60% no children
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