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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(1), 10;

Go Long or Go Often: Influences on Binge Watching Frequency and Duration among College Students

School of Communication, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Nicholson School of Communication and Media, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
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Received: 1 December 2018 / Revised: 1 January 2019 / Accepted: 3 January 2019 / Published: 8 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Always On Anywhere: Streaming Television and Its Effects)
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Binge watching, or serial viewing of a single program over an extended period of time, is a relatively new norm in television viewing that is becoming more popular than traditional appointment viewing. Previous research has explored various influences on binge watching; however, the current research is unique in exploring theoretically and empirically grounded predictors of both binge watching frequency and duration of binge watching sessions by means of a survey administered to college undergraduates (N = 651). Data show that binge watching frequency and duration are predicted by two non-overlapping sets of variables. Binge watching frequency was predicted by low self-regulation, greater tendency to use binge watching as both a reward and a form of procrastination, and less regret; while binge watching duration was associated with being female and experiencing greater enjoyment while binging. Self-control did not predict either binge watching frequency or duration, suggesting that alternative theoretical models should be explored. Findings also suggest that scholars should reconceptualize binge watching by including both frequency and duration measures in future studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: binge watching; self-regulation; self-control; reward; enjoyment; procrastination; regret binge watching; self-regulation; self-control; reward; enjoyment; procrastination; regret
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Merrill Jr., K.; Rubenking, B. Go Long or Go Often: Influences on Binge Watching Frequency and Duration among College Students. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 10.

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