Research

The project “Excessive Media Use in Times of Netfilx. “Binge-Watching”: Motives, Experiences, and Effects on Sleep” is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation within the funding line Digital Lives. It is based at the University of Fribourg.

Learn here about the studies associated with the project.

Motives for binge watching

Why do we binge-watch? Which characteristics make a TV-series addictive? And which personality traits make people more likely to engage in extended media consumption?

Binge watching experiences

Do we experience series differently when we watch multiple episodes in a row? Does it foster our involvement with the narration and the characters? Is binge-watching more enjoyable than traditional series watching?

Effects on well-being and sleep

How do we feel after a long viewing session? Does binge-watching help us to relax, or is it stressful? Does it affect the quality of our sleep?