Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Title: Antecedents and consequences of binge-watching: an experience sampling study

Type of assignment:                       BA

Internal or external?:                       Internal 

Maximum number of students:      4

Individual collecting of data?          No, data collection as a group

Type of research:                            Experience sampling (longitudinal intensive measurement with a smartphone app)

Description of the assignment:

Binge-watching is the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television show in one sitting or a short period of time and has become increasingly popular with the adverse of on-demand streaming services such as Netflix. Although popular, binge-watching may also have several potential detrimental effects, such as reduced physical activity, social activity and sleep time. Recent media outlets have additionally suggested that binge-watching may be associated with worse physical and psychological health.

 

However, little empirical evidence is available on the actual consequences and predictors of binge-watching. Moreover, current studies on the prevalence of binge-watching are generally limited by their cross-sectional designs and retrospective assessments of binge-watching behaviours. 

 

In this project, you will perform an experience sampling study into the occurrence, antecedents or consequences of binge-watching.  In an experience sampling study a relatively limited set of variables (in this case questions) is measured on a large number of occasions for a longer period of time (e.g., multiple times a day for several weeks) in a relatively small sample of participants using a smartphone application. Assumed advantages of experience sampling (as opposed to for instance a one-time survey) is that it can provide more accurate and unbiased estimates of behaviours, changes in behaviours and associations between different variables over time.

 

Data for this project will be collected as a group effort. Individual research questions can focus on, for instance, accurate assessment of the prevalence of binge-watching over time, predictors of binge-watching (e.g., cognitive processes, personality, etc.) or specific consequences of binge-watching.

Who are we looking for? Students interested in health behaviour and quantitative research

What are we offering? Gaining knowledge of a timely behavioural issue and experience with a novel and increasingly popular research method.

More information? For more information, you can contact Peter ten Klooster (p.m.tenklooster@utwente.nl, Cubicus kamer B126a)

Supervisor: Peter ten Klooster and Marcel Pieterse

Additional:

Van Berkel, N., Ferreira, D., & Kostakos, V. (2017). The Experience Sampling Method on Mobile Devices. ACM Comput. Surv., 50(6), 93:1-93:40. https://doi.org/10.1145/3123988

Walton-Pattison, E., Dombrowski, S. U., & Presseau, J. (2018). “Just one more episode”: Frequency and theoretical correlates of television binge watching. Journal of Health Psychology, 23(1), 17–24. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105316643379