From Admiration to Devotion? The Longitudinal Relation between Adolescents’ Involvement with and Viewing Frequency of Reality TV

Rinaldo Kühne*, Suzanna J. Opree

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Abstract

Research indicates that reality TV viewing frequency and involvement with reality TV are linked. However, previous studies employed cross-sectional designs and were carried out among college students and general adult population, but not among the most frequent consumers of reality TV: adolescents. To better understand the causal link between this demographic segment’s reality TV viewing and involvement, we conducted a longitudinal study among 392 adolescents (ages 15 to 17). Frequency of reality TV viewing increased narrative engagement, parasocial interaction, emotional empathy, merging with the characters, wishful identification, perceived realism, and enjoyment of reality TV six months later. No reverse effects on viewing existed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-130
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Volume64
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) and the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, © 2020 Broadcast Education Association.

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