Media Escapism

Thesis By Isaiah Davenport

Uses and Gratifications Theory seeks to explain the relationship between an audience and how that audience takes an active role in using the media. The main questions posed are: why do people use certain media platforms and what gratifications do they gain from it? Different people receive different gratifications from the media which is why I conducted a survey analysis to better understand how people integrate media into their lives to escape. My survey gave me a better insight into what gratifications other people seek when using media whether it’s to relax and stream entertainment or use media to reinforce social identity and connect with the world.