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The Relationship between Binge-watching and perceived Stress: An Experience Sampling Study

Buschmeyer, O. (2020) The Relationship between Binge-watching and perceived Stress: An Experience Sampling Study.

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Abstract:This research aimed at examining the association between binge-watching and perceived stress over time. In this study, binge-watching was defined as watching at least two episodes and one hour of serialised content in succession. Existing studies point out that some people tend to stress-watch as a coping mechanism or experience more stress after having binge-watched. To investigate this relationship, an experience sampling method (ESM) was used. 38 participants answered three short daily questionnaires via the Ethica mobile application for 14 days. Their watching behaviour was assessed once a day and their stress levels two times a day employing the single-item stress numerical rating scale-11 (SNRS-11). The longitudinal data were analysed by using linear mixed models (LMMs). Binge-watching was significantly associated with higher average stress levels the next day. However, the hours and episodes watched had no significant linear effect on the participants’ stress levels. Moreover, stress was not a significant predictor of binge-watching or hours and episodes watched the same day. The results indicate that binge-watching may be a predictor of higher perceived stress the next day, but not a consequence of stress on the same day.
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/81745
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