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Can video on demand binge-watching behavior make you procrastinate more? : An experience sampling study

Suntharalingam, A. (2022) Can video on demand binge-watching behavior make you procrastinate more? : An experience sampling study.

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Abstract:The emergence of video-on-demand (VoD) streaming services has changed our watching behavior, and cross-sectional studies have already shown some adverse effects on procrastination. As the exact temporal nature of this relationship remains unclear, this post-hoc study used the experience sampling method to understand the association in more detail. Differences between within-person and between-person associations were examined, and the potential moderating effect of self-control was explored. The sample initially completed demographic data and trait assessment on the first day with the Ethica mobile app. Over 14 days, participants completed brief questionnaires in the morning about their watching behavior the previous day and questions about their procrastination behavior in the evening. Data from 66 participants (MAge =23 years, SDAge=5.82; 81% Female, 94% German) were analyzed using a series of linear mixed models. A weak, positive association between VoD watching behavior on procrastination was found on the same day (β = .07, p < .05), but not on the next day. A significant effect was found only on the between-person level, which suggests that the association is more likely based on between-person differences. Self-control did not moderate the association between VoD watching and procrastination. The results complemented previous cross-sectional research and showed that on group level, VoD watching and procrastination are weakly associated only on the same day. However, problematic watching and procrastination behaviors were not found in this sample, and the visual analyses suggested a higher association in some subjects. Possible reasons for the results are discussed. Implications and suggestions for future research are considered.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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