Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Media Enjoyment as Need Satisfaction: The Contribution of Hedonic and Nonhedonic Needs

The full text article is not available for purchase.

The publisher only permits individual articles to be downloaded by subscribers.

Most early research on entertainment defines media enjoyment in functional terms as the satisfaction of hedonic needs. Two studies demonstrate the value of including nonhedonic and hedonic need satisfaction in defining enjoyment. Both studies find support for a need‐satisfaction model showing that hedonic (arousal and affect) and nonhedonic (competence and autonomy) need satisfaction account for unique variance in enjoyment experienced during video game play. Study 2 extends the findings of Study 1 to account for noninteractive media entertainment enjoyment. Results show hedonic and nonhedonic need satisfaction to be distinct but complementary components of media enjoyment. Discussion focuses on the advantage of a needs‐based approach for understanding positive valuations of media and offers a new perspective on the enjoyment–appreciation distinction.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Language: English

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA 2: Department of Communication Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 30582, USA 3: Department of Media and Communication Studies, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany 4: Department of Communication Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: December 1, 2011

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more