Roua Daas Butler University, Áine Montgomery Butler University, Tory Combs Butler University, Keegan Sawin Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Stacy Wetmore Butler UniversityWith the advancement of technology in the modern world, more and more people look to media in order to receive their news. The rise of conscious social awareness calls for research that studies its effects on the attitudes of the general population. In this study, 51 undergraduate students from a variety of genders, races, and socioeconomic statuses were surveyed in order to look at the correlation between levels of social awareness and optimism. The questionnaire was made up of 10 questions, 5 questions for each variable. Students gave informed consent and were not compensated for their participation. At the end, they were debriefed and told about the purpose of the study. Findings revealed a very weak negative correlation between the 2 variables, as predicted by the hypothesis. While the study was limited due to the small sample size and limited number of questions, these findings are important to look at in order to reveal the correlation between how much people watch the news and what their attitudes are towards their future. This study could be advanced by future research that address these limitations, as well as looks at correlations between social awareness and pessimism.
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Gallahue Hall 102