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The Role of Self-control in regard to the Association between Binge-watching and Sleep over Time: An Experience Sampling Study

Schwerdtner, Lara (2021) The Role of Self-control in regard to the Association between Binge-watching and Sleep over Time: An Experience Sampling Study.

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Abstract:The phenomenon called binge-watching describes watching activity of more than two episodes and two hours on a daily basis. Since research concerning binge-watching is comparatively young, the consequences are not fully clear yet. However, possible consequences concern sleep, whereby it is expected that binge-watching has a negative impact on sleep in duration and quality. In addition, it is hypothesized that self-control may play a moderating role in this association. 78 participants took part in an experience sampling study conducted with the app “Ethica”. After a baseline questionnaire, the participants were asked to fill out daily questionnaires concerning their VOD watching behavior and sleep for 14 days. The association between binge-watching and sleep and the moderation effect of self-control was analyzed with linear mixed models. The current study did not confirm the assumed negative effects of binge-watching on sleep quantity or quality, nor had higher self-control the assumed diminishing effects on that association. Still, a significant effect of self-control on sleep duration was found, indicating that a higher trait of self-control positively influences sleep quantity. Future research is suggested to focus on more representative samples regarding age and occupation, since this study majorly focused on students.
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/86547
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