Krcmar, M., & Kean, L. (2005, December). Uses and gratifications of media violence: Personality correlates of viewing and liking violent genres. Media Psychology, 7(4), 399-420. Retrieved July 14, 2009, doi:10.1207/S1532785XMEP0704_5

This study examined the relation between personality factors, as measured by the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised and individuals’ viewing and enjoyment of various television and film genres. Five hundred fifty adults between the ages of 18 and 78 were surveyed. Utilizing a uses and gratifications model, the factors underlying media use (gratifications sought-GS) and media liking (gratifications obtained-GO), particularly of violent fare, were investigated. Overall, it was found that viewing (GS) and liking (GO) were not strongly related. In terms of personality factors, there was some supporting evidence that personality factors are associated with liking and, to a lesser extent, watching certain content. Several of the Neuroticism facets were positively related to watching violent media, watching real crime, and watching cop dramas; however, there were no significant relations between Neuroticism and liking violent content. For Extraversion, there was a negative relation with overall television viewing, but a positive one with movie watching. When extraverts did watch television, the results indicated a significant association between Extraversion and various violent genres. For Openness there was a positive relation between liking of violent media and openness to aesthetics. Last, we found that several facets of Agreeableness were negatively associated with liking violent content. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)(from the journal abstract)