Binge-Watching Serial Video Content: Exploring the Subjective Phenomenology of the Binge-Watching Experience

George Anghelcev*, Sela Sar, Justin D. Martin, Jas L. Moultrie

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Abstract

This study examined psychological constructs related to the subjective experience of binge-watching serial video content. The results underscore the centrality of transportation in shaping viewers’ perceptions of the binge-watching experience and their binge-watching behaviors. Transportation was positively related to binge-watching frequency and mediated the impact of binge-watching session length on development of parasocial interactions (full mediation) and on binge-watching enjoyment (partial mediation). Ability to experience flow was found to predict the length of a binge-watching session. Other significant relationships were revealed. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed, along with suggestions for future research and the possibility of expanding current conceptual views of binge-watching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-154
Number of pages25
JournalMass Communication and Society
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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