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What is the relationship between binge-watching, physical health and physical activity?

Terbrack, E. (2020) What is the relationship between binge-watching, physical health and physical activity?

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Abstract:Introduction: In recent years, increasing popularity of “binge-watching”, a phenomenon referring to watching multiple TV episodes within one session, has led to questions regarding it’s impact on health. This study aims to investigate the relationship between binge-watching, physical health as well as physical inactivity, which was identified to be one of the main mortality risks worldwide. Methods: A cross-sectional online survey design was employed and the study was conducted among university students. 127 participants answered four questions about their binge-watching behavior and next to that, two questionnaires about physical health and physical activity were applied. Data was then analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics 24 and applying descriptive statistics as well as Pearson´s correlational analysis. Results: Two significant, but weak correlations were found. Increased use of online streaming services was related to a decreased physical activity score (r=-.179) as well as to increased physical health complaints (r=.212). The relation between the number of episodes watched and physical health was negative (r=-1.47), and for physical activity it was positive (r=.097), but they were both non-significant. Conclusion: It can be concluded that there is a relationship between binge-watching, physical health and physical activity. However, the design of the study does not allow to draw causal conclusions and the correlations found were weak. Therefore, much more research is still needed. Especially because binge-watching has become a common way of spending leisure time for many people, it is important to further investigate the phenomenon of binge-watching and to find solutions for the health issues that came up.
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/81767
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