Predictions of Netflix Binge-watching Behaviour among University Students during Movement Control Order


Chan, Tak Jie and Han, Jing and Roslan, Siti Norlida and Wok, Saodah (2022) Predictions of Netflix Binge-watching Behaviour among University Students during Movement Control Order. Journal of Communication, Language and Culture, 2 (2). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2805-444X

[img] Text
272-Article Text-2249-1-10-20220726.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (479kB) | Request a copy


Streaming media like Netflix has become a mainstream trend for people to have fun and relax during the Covid-19 pandemic, and numerous studies found that college students and millennials account for a large group who binge-watch television programmes. Hence, understanding university students’ motive for binge-watching is timely, especially during the Covid-19 lockdown period, when there is a lack of studies on this phenomenon. Thus, this study aims to examine the motives that influence Netflix binge-watching behaviour among university students. The study utilised the Uses and Gratifications (U&G) Theory, and three motives, namely ‘entertainment’, ‘social interaction’ and ‘escape’ were deduced from the theory. The study adopted a quantitative research approach using an online survey method. A total of 150 valid responses were collected through the purposive sampling technique, and the results were analysed using correlation and regression analysis. The findings through the Pearson’s correlations indicated that ‘entertainment’ has a positive and strong relationship with Netflix binge-watching behaviour, while ‘social interaction’ and ‘escape’ motives have a positive but moderately significant relationship with the binge-watching behaviour. Regression analysis further showed that only ‘entertainment’ and ‘social interaction’ were the predictors of binge-watching behaviour; however, ‘escape’ was not a predictor. This study also contributes to the U&G Theory as well as the literature on the youth’s media consumption, particularly during the Covid-19 lockdown period, for it benefits the parents, video streaming service providers and government in understanding the motives that influence binge-watching among youths; thus, strategies can be implemented to avoid excessive binge-watching behaviour during the lockdown which leads to negative social media outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: binge-watching behaviour; movement control order; Netflix; university students; Uses and Gratifications Theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H1-99 Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28-70 Management. Industrial Management > HD30.2 Electronic data processing. Information technology. Including artificial intelligence and knowledge management
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Communication (FAC)
Depositing User: Mr. Chan Tak Jie
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2022 02:48
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 02:48


Downloads per month over past year

View ItemEdit (login required)