The literature review within this article shared an inordinate amount of material in regards to the topic of television impacting romantic relationships. The literature review allowed me to become acclimated with the research topic by sharing different studies completed on the topic at hand.
Researchers have studied in-depth on the amount of conflict which is presented in television. Studies generally focused on the conflict within the actual television show or the conflict that it has on the expectations within a relationship.
Multiple studies were conducted to analyze the amount of conflict which was presented in different genres of television programs in the 1990’s. Brinson and Winn used a set definition of conflict (this definition is not presented in the literature review) to count the amount of times conflict arose within two different genres. The results are stated by Aubrey, Rhea, Olson, & Fine “…Brinson (1992) noted seven conflicts per hour of programming in prime-time genres” (2013). They later used the same guidelines for counting times of conflict to count the amount of conflict that arose within talk shows (p. 110). Aubrey et al. (2013) proceed to explain, “Brinson and Winn (1997) recorded 4.08 conflicts per hour in a sample of 40 hours of daytime talk shows” (p. 109). Depending on the definition of “conflict” the studies seemed to vary.
The literature also reveals that there have been a multitude of studies completed on conflict within interpersonal communication. Although all of the studies presented have a great deal of information, most of which help the reader understand the role of conflict within a relations (such as supremacy), there are only a few presented that connect conflict with television. The literature review presents different studies on the impact conflict has on viewers. The Aubrey et al. (2013) take the literature presented and say, “…we might suggest that television’s heavy emphasis on conflict in romantic relationships cultivates a perception that conflict and control in romantic relationships is normal and therefore acceptable” (p. 110).
Overall, the literature review describes conflict, different types of conflict presented in television, and how it seems to impacts the lives and thinking of the people who watch it.
2. The literature review shares that the Aubrey et al. (2013) research question was “Will the amount of television viewing predict participants’ use of control in romantic relationships” (p. 111). This question explores the desire to learn how people will react within certain romantic situations after being exposed to different amounts of conflict within different television dramas.
There were three hypotheses presented. The first of the hypotheses of Aubrey et al. (2013) states, “Exposure to television portraying interpersonal conflict will positively predict participants’ use of control in romantic relationships” (p. 111). This first question intends to explore how television...