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Psychological consequences and antecedents of binge-watching in young adults

Olding, T. (2018) Psychological consequences and antecedents of binge-watching in young adults.

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Abstract:Introduction: Binge-watching is a phenomenon which occurred after the launching of online streaming services. There is not much research done regarding the causes and consequences of this behavior. The Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) is a valid method to predict behavior. Compensatory Health Beliefs (CHBs) and the personality traits Impulsivity and Sensation Seeking were added to measure their additional explanatory value to TPB. Furthermore, CHBs influence mental well-being with binge-watching as a possible mediator in this relationship. Method: 172 young adults participated in a cross-sectional online survey study. CHBs, personality traits and the TPB were tested by Persons Correlation and Hierarchical Regression Analyses. The relationship between CHBs and mental well-being and the mediating effect of binge-watching was tested through mediation analysis. Results: A statistically positively correlation was found between binge-watching and mental well-being. There is no correlation between CHBs and mental well-being. The effect of CHBs on mental well-being was not mediated by binge-watching. Further, the variables of TPB and Impulsivity significantly correlated with binge-watching. The Regression Analyses showed a significant explanatory value from personality traits and CHBs to TPB. Discussion: The results indicated that CHBs and personality traits can additional to TPB determine binge-watching. Therefore, CHBs could be a good measurement for implicit processes regarding the prediction of binge-watching. The positive correlation between binge-watching and psychological well-being could conclude that binge-watching is a social activity. For follow-up research it is recommended to add the social factor when measuring mental well-being and binge-watching.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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