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The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-Being
International Perspectives on Theory and Research on Positive Media Effects

ISBN 9781138886582
Published July 12, 2016 by Routledge
464 Pages

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Book Description

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


Veronika Huta

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


Diana Rieger

Meaning, Mortality Salience, and Media Use


Leonard Reinecke and
Allison Eden

Media Use and Recreation: Media-induced Recovery as a Link between Media Exposure and Well-Being


Mike Slater and
Jonathan Cohen

Identification, TEBOTS, and Vicarious Wisdom of Experience: Narrative and the Self


Tilo Hartmann

Parasocial Interaction, Parasocial Relationships, and Well-Being


Sven Joeckel and
Leyla Dogruel

From Moral Corruption to Moral Management – Media’s Influence on People’s Morality and Well-Being


Christoph Klimmt

Self-Efficacy: Mediated Experiences and Expectations of Making a Difference


Catalina Toma

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
Rebecca Densley

The Role of Parents in Shaping the Influence of Media Exposure on Children’s Well-Being


Jessica Vitak

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
Kaveri Subrahmanyam

Media use and Youth Well-being


Matthias Hofer

Older Adults’ Media Use and Well-Being: Media as a Resource in the Process of Successful Aging


Dara Greenwood

Gender Considerations of Media Content, Uses, and Impact on Well-Being


Dana Mastro

The Role of Media in the Well-Being of Racial and Ethnic Groups


Bradley J. Bond

LGBT: Media Use and Sexual Identity


Jinhee Kim

Cultural Differences in Media and Well-Being



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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.