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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Happiness and Quality of Life

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Happiness and Quality of Life

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta

Offering a thorough assessment of the recent developments in the economic literature on happiness and quality of life, this Handbook astutely considers both methods of estimation and policy application. The expert contributors critically present in-depth research on a wide range of topics including culture and media, inequality, and the relational and emotional side of human life. Accessible and far-reaching, it will prove an invaluable resource for students and scholars of welfare and economics.

Chapter 21: Happiness and new media

Luca Stanca

Subjects: economics and finance, economic psychology, welfare economics, research methods, research methods in economics


Media consumption plays an increasingly important role in modern societies throughout the world. It is therefore essential to understand its effects. We review the existing evidence on the impact of media consumption on well-being, focusing in particular on television viewing and use of the Internet. In both cases we consider studies that examine the effects of either quantity of use or specific contents. With relatively few exceptions, the empirical literature generally indicates negative effects of television viewing and positive effects of Internet use.

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