Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Abstract

Many older viewers are spending more time in front of the tube than they did a decade ago, a University of Southern California study shows.

The study, conducted by Richard H. Davis, Ph.D., research professor at USCs Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, compared the television viewing habits in 1969 and 1983 of adults 55 and older.

Though the 1983 respondents voiced greater satisfaction with television entertainment, they also raised some new criticisms of television programming. Some viewers cited sensationalism as a concern. Others cited a need for more health-care information. None of the 1969 respondents had mentioned either issue.…

Many older viewers are spending more time in front of the tube than they did a decade ago, a University of Southern California study shows.

The study, conducted by Richard H. Davis, Ph.D., research professor at USCs Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, compared the television viewing habits in 1969 and 1983 of adults 55 and older.

Though the 1983 respondents voiced greater satisfaction with television entertainment, they also raised some new criticisms of television programming. Some viewers cited sensationalism as a concern. Others cited a need for more health-care information. None of the 1969 respondents had mentioned either issue.

10.3928/0098-9134-19840601-17

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