Media Perception & The Effects of Media: How College Students Consume News and Be Attached to Their Phones

Faculty Mentor

Maria (Xueying) Zhang, Ph.D.


Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2019


Journalism Studies | Mass Communication


The objective of our research was to examine how college students utilize digital media for news and how attached they are to their phones. We hypothesized that the more people consume entertainment news, the more they want to be informed of world news, the more people feel required to consume news because their job requires it, the more likely they feel attached to their phones. 40 participants were recruited using snowball sampling and the correlation analysis results supported all three hypotheses. Implications for journalism practice and users’ wellbeing were discussed.

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