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Does Media Consumption Make Us Happy? Evidence for Spain

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  • Juncal Cuñado
  • Fernando Pérez de Gracia

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This article concerns the study of the impact of media consumption on happiness in Spain using data from the fourth wave of the European Social Survey, distinguishing between watching TV, listening to the radio, reading newspapers, and using the Internet. A negative effect of TV watching was found on individual happiness, mainly among women; those with higher incomes; and those with paying jobs—that is, among those with a higher opportunity cost of time. However, this negative effect on happiness does not appear for radio listening, newspaper reading, or Internet usage.

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  • Juncal Cuñado & Fernando Pérez de Gracia, 2012. "Does Media Consumption Make Us Happy? Evidence for Spain," Journal of Media Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(1), pages 8-34, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jmedec:v:25:y:2012:i:1:p:8-34 DOI: 10.1080/08997764.2012.651052
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    3. Okuyama, Naoko, 2017. "The value of public service broadcasting in Japan: The life satisfaction approach," 14th ITS Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Kyoto 2017: Mapping ICT into Transformation for the Next Information Society 168530, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
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    5. Claudia Schmiedeberg & Jette Schröder, 2017. "Leisure Activities and Life Satisfaction: an Analysis with German Panel Data," Applied Research in Quality of Life, Springer;International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, vol. 12(1), pages 137-151, March.

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