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The tale of putting off - An experience sampling study on the effect of procrastination on daily binge watching behaviour

Hanhoff, J. (2021) The tale of putting off - An experience sampling study on the effect of procrastination on daily binge watching behaviour.

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Abstract:With the overarching rise in popularity of video on demand (VOD) streaming services an interest in investigating binge watching (BW) behaviour has emerged. The process of clearly defining this phenomenon is still in its early stages alongside investigations of several motives for and consequences of BW. Especially the temporal relation with procrastination is still unclear. Consequently, the current study examines whether trait and daily (state) procrastination predict BW behaviour and whether BW behaviour predicts daily (state) procrastination. These research questions were answered by employing an experience sampling method design over the course of two weeks. BW behaviour within this study is defined as both the number of episodes watched (i.e., equal or more than three episodes) and hours spent watching VOD (i.e., equal or more than two hours) over the course of one day. Participants (Mage = 22.96; SDage = 5.51; ranging from 20 to 60 years; 82.4% female) were requested to fill in baseline, demographic and short daily questionnaires by using the smartphone application Ethica. Linear Mixed Model (LMM) analyses revealed that both trait procrastination (ß = .11; p = .017). and same day state procrastination (ß = .08; p = .028)., as a predictor variable, showed a significant positive association with weak effects in relation to BW behaviour, within the initial sample. Therefore, indicating that increased levels of procrastination leads to increase of BW behaviour. No association could be found between BW behaviour as the predictor for state procrastination the next day. Future research is encouraged to investigate potential moderating variables, such as self-control and ego depletion.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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