Can watching online videos be addictive? A qualitative exploration of online video watching among Chinese young adults

Yang, Z., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Yan, Z. and Xu, W., 2021. Can watching online videos be addictive? A qualitative exploration of online video watching among Chinese young adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (14): 7247. ISSN 1661-7827

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Abstract

Watching online videos (including short-form videos) has become the most popular leisure activity in China. However, a few studies have reported the potential negative effects of online video watching behaviors (including the potential for 'addiction') among a minority of individuals. The present study investigated online video watching behaviors, motivational factors for watching online videos, and potentially addictive indicators of watching online videos. Semi-structured interviews were conducted among 20 young Chinese adults. Qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Eight themes were identified comprising: (i) content is key; (ii) types of online video watching; (iii) platform function hooks; (iv) personal interests; (v) watching becoming habitual ; (vi) social interaction needs; (vii) reassurance needs; and (viii) addiction-like symptoms. Specific video content (e.g., mukbang, pornography), platform-driven continuous watching, and short-form videos were perceived by some participants as being potentially addictive. Specific features or content on Chinese online video platforms (e.g., 'Danmu' scrolling comments) need further investigation. Future studies should explore users' addictive-like behaviors in relation to specific types of online video content and their social interaction on these platforms.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Creators: Yang, Z., Griffiths, M.D., Yan, Z. and Xu, W.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 6 July 2021
Volume: 18
Number: 14
ISSN: 1661-7827
Identifiers:
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10.3390/ijerph18147247DOI
1450002Other
Rights: Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 07 Jul 2021 11:43
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2021 11:43
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43353

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