Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research


People of all ages are spending significant portions of their day watching television. Television shows themed around romantic relationships are very common and popular among young adults. This study examined relationships between television viewing and dating behavior in a sample of students at a small religious university in southeast Tennessee. Forty-seven participants completed the Milmine Social Interaction and Media Instrument (MSIAMI) which measures television viewing. Results show statistically weak relationships between television viewing and lower expectations, less physical touch, lower satisfaction, and shorter dating relationships. Television viewing was related to a slightly higher frequency of kissing within the dating relationship. More studies are needed with the same variables using different research methodology.