Why binge-watching? The prominent motives and analysis of the motivating hedonic and eudaimonic elements of emotional gratification in a binge-watching experience
Keywords:BINGE-WATCHING, EMOTIONAL GRATIFICATION, MEDIA HABITS, MOTIVATION, AUDIENCE STUDIES
Binge-watching is a popular form of media consumption, and entertainment is one of the
main drivers of this activity. This research aims to examine the prominent reasons for binge-watching
by re-examining the established television viewing motives, by deepening the analysis of entertainment
motives, and by introducing a new possible motive – the need for narrative understanding. Therefore,
the researcher combines the factors of the established television viewing motives, the factors of hedonic
and eudaimonic emotional gratification in an entertainment experience and introduces the motive of the
ease of following storylines. The results of an online survey with 833 participants over the age of eighteen
conducted in Croatia suggest that the motives of relaxation, fun (hedonic), habit, easier following of
intricate storylines, escape, and thrill (hedonic) are prominent. Eudaimonic motives are less pronounced
than hedonic ones, however, these clusters are positively related, which indicates the complexity of
enjoyment in binge-watching entertainment.
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