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Binge-Watching and its impact on physical health : the association of binge-watching and (daily) physical activity

Acar, Alisa (2020) Binge-Watching and its impact on physical health : the association of binge-watching and (daily) physical activity.

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Abstract:Video-on-demand streaming services are rising, changing how series are watched strongly. With that development, the phenomenon “binge-watching” has emerged. Research to define that term and to investigate predictors and consequences, especially with regards to physical health, is still in the beginning at an early stage. Therefore, the research questions of this study were if general physical activity is associated with binge-watching behaviour and if binge-watching behaviour is associated with daily physical activity (light-intensity and vigorous-intensity activities) over a period of 13 days. These were answered by a two-week experience-sampling study. Participants (n=45) were asked to use the app “Ethica” to answer a baseline questionnaire and daily retrospective questionnaires. Linear Mixed Model analyses were performed and demonstrated that there was neither a significant association between general physical activity nor the number of hours/episodes watched, nor between daily physical activity and the number of hours/episodes watched. The current study did not confirm the often assumed negative effects of VoD-watching on physical activity. It is suggested that future research chooses a sample that is more representative for the at-risk population to confirm the absence of an association between binge-watching and physical activity and to investigate other potential effects of binge-watching on physical health.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81642
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