Dynamics of individual television viewing behavior: Models, empirical evidence, and a research program

Anke Wonneberger*, Klaus Schoenbach, Lex van Meurs

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Abstract

Television viewing often is a sequence of a multitude of activities that can vary tremendously from the moment the TV set is turned on until it is turned off again. Previous models of individual viewing behavior as well as empirical studies have focused on isolated aspects of viewing only, such as the frequency and duration of viewing or patterns of selecting a specific program. This paper draws attention to the complete process of TV viewing. We develop a process model to describe whole viewing sessions. Furthermore, a review of the empirical evidence on viewing behavior and a typology of factors influencing the viewing process are presented, concluded by a research program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-252
Number of pages18
JournalCommunication Studies
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Audience Activity
  • Program Choice
  • Switching Behavior
  • Television Viewing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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