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In relation to the functions of television for its users, for Lull, these are environmental and regulative uses as distinct from relational uses. He lists as environmental uses background sound, companionship, and entertainment, and as regulative uses (behavioural regulation) the punctuation and structuring of time and activities and the patterning of talk. See also entertainment function; social functions; uses and gratifications.

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