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Understanding the Phenomenon of Binge-Watching—A Systematic Review

Institute of Applied Psychology, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University, 30-348 Krakow, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4469; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124469
Received: 8 May 2020 / Revised: 17 June 2020 / Accepted: 18 June 2020 / Published: 22 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychosocial Impacts of New Technologies and the Internet)
Binge-watching is a relatively new behaviour pattern whose popularity has been increasing since 2013, ultimately to become one of the most popular ways of spending free time, especially among young people. However, there is still a dearth of research on this phenomenon. The aim of this study is to present the current understanding and psychological conditions of binge-watching, as provided in the research papers published between 2013 and 2020. This systematic review, including 28 articles, addresses different approaches to defining this behaviour, diverse motivations, personality traits, and risks of excessive binge-watching. Its results imply that there are two perspectives in understanding binge-watching. The first is related to entertainment, positive emotions, cognition, and spending free time. However, the second perspective emphasises the negative outcomes of excessive binge-watching and symptoms of behavioural addiction. There is undoubtedly a need for further research to be conducted on diversified populations to reach more profound understanding of binge-watching behaviour patterns. View Full-Text
Keywords: binge-watching; behavioural addiction; new technologies; motivation; personality traits binge-watching; behavioural addiction; new technologies; motivation; personality traits
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Starosta, J.A.; Izydorczyk, B. Understanding the Phenomenon of Binge-Watching—A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4469. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124469

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Starosta JA, Izydorczyk B. Understanding the Phenomenon of Binge-Watching—A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(12):4469. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124469

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Starosta, Jolanta A., and Bernadetta Izydorczyk. 2020. "Understanding the Phenomenon of Binge-Watching—A Systematic Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 12: 4469. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124469

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