Social Trust, Social Partner Time and Television Time

Roger Patulny*

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Social trust is an important phenomenon, but the influence of important time-based measures upon trust has not been examined. Such measures include social contact and anti-social activity, such as television watching, which allows for the co-presence of other people. This paper reports on associations between trust and weighted means of co-present 'social' time (defined as time spent in various 'social' activities) and co-present time spent watching television, using the Australian Time Use Survey, 2006. It finds that trust is associated with social time spent in the co-presence of 'strangers' predominately from outside the household, and that TV watching in the co-presence of 'familiars'-friends and family-is negatively associated with trust.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-293
Number of pages5
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number2
Early online date13 Jul 2010
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Trust
  • Time use
  • Social time
  • Co-presence
  • Television


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