Benjamin Johnson

Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is quoted in “Spoiler Alert: Spoilers Can Be Good for Business” published on Morning Consult on Dec. 22. The article focuses on entertainment programming spoilers. Many viewers seek them out to help them decide whether or not…

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Posted: December 22, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused anxiety and stress in most people, but college students specifically have had to learn to cope with uncertainty and upheaval from their normal routine. This emotional rollercoaster has caused an increase in general media consumption as those effected by the pandemic seek ways to…

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Posted: December 22, 2020

Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is the co-author of “Media for Coping During COVID-19 Social Distancing: Stress, Anxiety and Psychological Well-Being” published in Frontiers in Psychology on Nov. 10. Johnson, Allison Eden, Leonard Reinecke and Sara Grady, using data from a cross-sectional…

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Posted: November 10, 2020

Can star ratings for political content on platforms like Amazon alter our feelings towards others with similar or opposing political preferences? When we see ratings that disagree with our own, are we more likely to believe the ratings are manipulated? And when we see ratings that agree with our own,…

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Posted: October 14, 2020

Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is the co-author of “Online Products and Consumers: Partisan Ratings and Mechanisms for Affective Polarization” published in Telematics and Informatics on July 19. Johnson and Rachel Neo from the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducted two experiments…

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Posted: August 11, 2020

Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, was selected as one of three special issue editors for “This is (Not) Fine,” an upcoming special issue of Psychology of Popular Media. The special issue will curate research on the collision of current crises and popular…

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Posted: July 21, 2020

Spending time watching TV, hanging out with friends or scrolling through social media can be viewed as a waste of time and energy. But what if the use of this leisure time actually helps improve self-control (e.g. capacity to self-regulate behavior) and can satisfy intrinsic psychological needs (autonomy, competence, and…

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Posted: April 27, 2020

Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is the co-author of “Self-Control and Need Satisfaction in Primetime: Television, Social Media and Friends Can Enhance Regulatory Resources Via Perceived Autonomy and Competence” published in Psychology of Popular Media on April 6. Johnson, and co-authors Allison…

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Posted: April 16, 2020

Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, was selected as one of four co-editors of Media Psychology, one of the leading journals in communication research. Johnson will edit the journal alongside Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, Marina Krcmar and Leonard Reinecke. They will begin accepting…

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Posted: February 21, 2020

Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is quoted in “The Case for Spoilers” published on Vox.com. Johnson and Judith E. Rosenbaum spent years researching how people react to spoilers. In their latest research, they found that why some people love spoilers and others…

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Posted: November 13, 2019

Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is featured in “Don’t Tell Me! The Science of Spoilers” published on Canvas8 on Nov. 1. Canvas8 is a consumer behavior insights practice offering expert analysis on the latest trends. Johnson has researched the effect that television and…

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Posted: November 7, 2019

Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is a co-author of “Issues, Involvement, and Influence: Effects of Selective Exposure and Sharing on Polarizations and Participation” published in Computers in Human Behavior on Oct. 1. Johnson, along with Rachel Neo from the University of Hawaii…

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Posted: October 8, 2019