More than three-quarters of people in the UK admit to not knowing what a movie is or how to watch it, according to research from the University of Cambridge and the British Association for the Study of Film and Television.
In a paper published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers analysed the content of films available on the internet to assess the ability of people to comprehend them.
The study, which included 1,000 UK residents, found that almost three-quarter of people who responded had no idea what a film was.
The average response rate was just 20 per cent.
A majority of people did not know the title of the film they were watching, or how much it cost.
Almost one-third of people said they had not seen a film for years and almost a third had no interest in watching a film in the future.
“The study showed that our current obsession with the idea of ‘watching movies’ may be undermining our ability to learn about cinema,” said lead researcher Sarah Moore, a research fellow in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Cambridge.
“Our inability to understand a film’s meaning may be the result of having experienced it only once, or from being exposed to it in a way that has only recently changed.”‘
I just can’t understand it’One of the reasons why we don’t understand films is because our brains have been trained to expect that we will be able to do so.
In the same way that we expect to understand what we see and hear in films, we expect that a film will be entertaining and entertaining will be good, Moore explained.
This is particularly true when a film is made for children.
“We expect that it will be for children to enjoy, and to be entertained by,” she said.
“It may not be entertaining for adults to watch, but that doesn’t mean we should avoid it.”
However, when we do encounter a film, our brains are trained to make an assumption that it is something we need to know more about.
“So if you’re a parent, you’re trained to look at the screen and say, ‘Oh, that’s not good enough’,” Moore said.
But the research also showed that when we are confronted with a film that doesn´t have a title, we have a tendency to be unable to understand it, rather than being able to make the assumption that we know what it is about.
Moore said this is why people who have never seen a movie before might assume that it isn’t worth watching, and people who are interested in films might assume they are too busy.
“They think that it’s just a boring, boring film, and they’ll just watch it.
We were really surprised to find that this was the case,” she explained.”
What we’re trying to do here is try to understand why that is.
It might be because our brain has been trained, for whatever reason, that movies should be fun, but not really interesting or engaging.”
The study also showed a difference in the ability to understand films when compared to people who had seen a lot of films.
“When we’re exposed to a lot more films, and we see more films in a given day, we’re better at understanding them,” Moore said.
“But this is also true for people who only watch a limited number of films at a time, or only watch one film at a given time.”
This is a problem for the general public because they don’t have the ability or time to be exposed to as many films, so they might just be unable or unwilling to engage with them,” she added.”
That’s why we’re interested in the role of media as a learning tool, because we’re so interested in learning about what makes movies good.
“A lot of the films we’re watching are not good at teaching us about what films are good at.”‘
It’s the same movie over and over again’Another study from the same researchers used data from the National Film Database to analyse the content that was available online.
This study also found that people who were exposed to films at least once a week were better at recognising films they had previously seen, and were more likely to recognise films they saw at the cinema in the past.
“People who watched a lot are better at recognizing movies they’ve seen, but they have less experience with them and less knowledge about them,” said Dr Rachel Krieger, who conducted the research.
Moore said one of the key ways in which we are able to learn from a film we have never been exposed to before is through”
This is the same film over and a half again over and they’re still not able to tell the difference.”
Moore said one of the key ways in which we are able to learn from a film we have never been exposed to before is through