Television Shows Causing One-Night Stands?

by rmalo2 on November 1, 2013 - 3:38pm

 
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It is crazy to think about how much media can alter our lives. For example, the article “Reality Television Shows Focusing on Sexual Relationships are Associated with College Students Engaging in One-Night Stands” written by Joshua Fogel and Lyudmila Kovaleno, is a perfect example that portrays just how much the media can affect the decisions made by viewers or readers. In this article, they took several surveys on college students, linking them to watching television shows that portray sexual relationships and one-night stands. Their results came back that the students who did watch these types of television shows said that they would be more likely to participate in a one-night stand in college. When the results were in, they noticed such an extreme difference from the students who watch these types of television shows and those who don’t. Because of this, they suggested that public health organizations should reach out to these reality television shows to limit the exposure to sexual scenes.

While reading this article, it was evident to me that the authors did a very thorough job in answering any questions the audience might have and describing in detail the measures they took to collect their data. Using the Analyzing and Assessing Research tactic, I evaluated and assessed the authors’ quality of research. For example, number two of the Analyzing and Assessing Research states “all research addresses a fundamental question, problem or issue.” In this article, the issue was stated clearly and precisely in the first paragraph, making it evident that the audience could understand what it was that they were reading. This article also addressed number 3 of the “Analyzing and Assessing Research” which states that all research identifies data, information, and evidence relevant to its fundamental question and purpose. The authors address this by adding the results of their surveys on the last page of the article, giving the audience proof of their findings. These are just two of the various methods used to have a well-written, clear and concise article. 

 
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