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TV Shows Are Changing Your Political Opinions Without You Knowing It

We all know the news can be biased, but what about entertainment TV? Can mindless, seemingly-apolitical shows actually change our opinions?

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People who watch entertainment TV are more likely to vote for populist politicians
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/qmuo-pww032417.php
“People exposed to entertainment television are more likely to vote for populist politicians according to a new study co-authored by an economist at Queen Mary University of London.The researchers investigated the political impact of entertainment television in Italy over the last 30 years during the phased introduction of Silvio Berlusconi’s commercial TV network Mediaset.”

People Who Are Curious About Science Are More Open-Minded About Politics
https://www.seeker.com/people-who-are-curious-about-science-are-more-open-minded-about-politi-2225424793.html
“It’s probably safe to say that since Election Day, most people have tuned the polarizing filters of their social media bubbles to high. From inside their echo chambers, people are shutting out others who offer information that runs counter to their own opinions, especially about politically charged issues.”

How Watching TV Can Save Your Relationship
https://www.seeker.com/how-watching-tv-can-save-your-relationship-1985197076.html
“A new study recently published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships surveyed 259 college students, asking them how much media they shared with their partner and the nature and status of their relationship. The results showed that couples who spent significant time binge-watching TV shows and movies together felt closer and more committed.”
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