The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-Being serves as the first international review of the current state of this fast-developing area of research. The volume provides a multifaceted perspective on the beneficial as well as the detrimental effects of media exposure on psychological health and well-being. As a "first-mover," it will define the field of media use and well-being and provide an essential resource for research and teaching in this area.
The volume is structured along four central considerations:
- Processes presents concepts that provide a theoretical bridge between media use and well-being, such as psychological need satisfaction, recovery from stress and strain, self-presentation and self-enhancement, or parasocial interactions with media characters, providing a comprehensive understanding of the underlying processes that drive psychological health and well-being through media.
- Moderators examines both risk factors that promote negative effects on well-being and protective factors that foster positive media effects.
- Contexts bridges the gap between theory and "real life" by illustrating how media use can influence well-being and satisfaction in very different life domains, covering the full spectrum of everyday life by addressing the public, private, and work spheres.
- Audiences takes a look at the influence of life phases and life situations on the interplay of media use and well-being, questioning whether various user groups differ with regard to the effects of media exposure.
Bringing together the expertise of outstanding international scholars from multiple disciplines, including communication, media psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, and media education, this handbook sheds new light on the role of media in influencing and affecting emotions.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
I. Introduction: What is well-being?
Leonard Reinecke and
Mary Beth Oliver
Media Use and Well-Being: Status Quo and Open Questions
An Overview of Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-being Concepts
C. Scott Rigby and
Richard M. Ryan
Time Well-Spent? Motivation for Entertainment Media and its Eudaimonic Aspects Through the Lens of Self-Determination Theory
II. Processes: Psychological Mechanisms Connecting Media Use and Well- Being
Robin Nabi and Abby Prestin
The Tie that Binds: Reflecting on Emotion’s Role in the Relationship between Media Use and Subjective Well-Being
Melissa J. Robinson and Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick
Mood Management Through Selective Media Use for Health and Well-Being
Anne Bartsch and
Mary Beth Oliver
Appreciation of Meaningful Entertainment Experiences and Eudaimonic Well-Being
Meaning, Mortality Salience, and Media Use
Leonard Reinecke and
Media Use and Recreation: Media-induced Recovery as a Link between Media Exposure and Well-Being
Mike Slater and
Identification, TEBOTS, and Vicarious Wisdom of Experience: Narrative and the Self
Parasocial Interaction, Parasocial Relationships, and Well-Being
Sven Joeckel and
From Moral Corruption to Moral Management – Media’s Influence on People’s Morality and Well-Being
Self-Efficacy: Mediated Experiences and Expectations of Making a Difference
Taking the Good with the Bad: Effects of Facebook Self-presentation on Emotional Well-Being
René Weber, Richard Huskey, and Britney Craighead
Flow Experiences and Well-Being: A Media Neuroscience Perspective
III. Moderators: Intervening Factors Determining the Risks and Benefits of Media Use
Alice E. Hall
Personality, Media, and Well-Being
Wilhelm Hofmann, Leonard Reinecke, and Adrian Meier
(Failed) Self-Control and Media Procrastination
Kai W. Müller, Michael Dreier, and Klaus Wölfling
Excessive and addictive use of the Internet - Prevalence, related contents, predictors, and psychological consequences
Dorothée Hefner and Peter Vorderer
Digital Stress: Permanent Connectedness and Media Multitasking
Erica Scharrer, Laras Sekarasih, and Christine Olson
Media, Youth, and Well Being: What are the Outcomes of Media Literacy Education?
Eric E. Rasmussen and
The Role of Parents in Shaping the Influence of Media Exposure on Children’s Well-Being
A Digital Path to Happiness? Applying Communication Privacy Management Theory to Mediated Interactions
IV. Contexts: Media Use and Well-Being in Different Spheres of Life
Leticia Bode and G. Isaac W. Riddle
Political Well-being and Media Use: An Overview and a Look Ahead
Sabine Trepte and Michael Scharkow
Friends and Live-Savers: How Social Capital and Social Support Received in Media Environments Contribute to Well-Being
Matthias R. Hastall
Well-Being in the Context of Health Communication and Health Education
Wei Peng and Tom Day
Media Use and Physical Fitness: From Time Displacement to Exergaming
Sabine Sonnentag and Alexander Pundt
Media use and work-life-balance
Sophie H. Janicke and
Arthur A. Raney
Spirituality, Media, and Well-Being
V. Audiences: Media use and well-being over the lifespan and in different user populations
Xiaojun Sun and
Media use and Youth Well-being
Older Adults’ Media Use and Well-Being: Media as a Resource in the Process of Successful Aging
Gender Considerations of Media Content, Uses, and Impact on Well-Being
The Role of Media in the Well-Being of Racial and Ethnic Groups
Bradley J. Bond
LGBT: Media Use and Sexual Identity
Cultural Differences in Media and Well-Being
Leonard Reinecke is Assistant Professor of Communication at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.
Mary Beth Oliver is Professor of Communication at the Pennsylvania State University.