Binge-Watching: What Do we Know So Far? A First Systematic Review of the Evidence

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Review (review): journal as complete as possible of one specific subject, written based on exhaustive analyses from published work.
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Title
Binge-Watching: What Do we Know So Far? A First Systematic Review of the Evidence
Journal
Current Addiction Reports
Author(s)
Flayelle Maèva, Maurage Pierre, Di Lorenzo Kim Ridell, Vögele Claus, Gainsbury Sally M., Billieux Joël
ISSN
2196-2952
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
7
Pages
44-60
Language
english
Abstract
Purpose of Review Along with the expansion of on-demand viewing technology, the practice of binge-watching (i.e., watching
multiple episodes of TV series back-to-back) has recently gained increasing research interest, given its potential harmfulness and
presumed addictive characteristics. The present article provides the first systematic review of the evidence regarding this
increasingly widespread behavior.
Recent Findings The results of this systematic review (including 24 studies and 17,545 participants) show that binge-watching
remains an ill-defined construct as no consensus exists on its operationalization and measurement. Although such methodological
disparities across studies hinder the comparability of results, the preliminary findings gathered here mainly point to the heterogeneous
nature of binge-watching which covers at least two distinct realities, i.e., high but non-harmful engagement and
problematic involvement in TV series watching.
Summary In these early stages of research, there is a major need for more consistency and harmonization of constructs and their
operationalizations to move forward in the understanding of binge-watching. Just as important, future research should maintain
the distinction between high and problematic involvement in binge-watching to avoid overpathologizing this common behavior
Keywords
Binge Watching, Systematic Review, Assessment
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