I spy with my little eye: An eye-tracking study examining adolescents’ attention to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in Instagram stories

Sofie Vranken, Jörg Matthes, Kaitlin Fitzgerald, Kathleen Beullens

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Abstract

Social media users are frequently exposed to alcohol images on Instagram, which in turn influences their own alcohol behaviors. Yet, it is unclear what factors drive attention to alcohol cues. In an eye-tracking study (N = 108; M age = 16.54), we examined adolescents' attention to Instagram Stories depending on: (a) the type of beverage depicted (beer vs water), (b) the character-product interaction portrayed (CPI: peers in images shown consuming [high CPI] vs holding beverages [low CPI]) and, (c) participant's own susceptibility (high vs low-risk alcohol drinker). Our results illustrated that adolescents allocated an equal amount of attention to beer and water depicted in Instagram images. Furthermore, they devoted more attention to Instagram images wherein peers were shown consuming water and beer (high CPI) compared to those wherein peers were holding these beverages (low CPI). Surprisingly, high-risk alcohol drinkers were more responsive to both beer and water cues than low-risk drinkers. This was particularly the case for Instagram images with high CPI. These findings have implications for how health cues on Instagram are attended to and processed.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Aufsatznummer107000
FachzeitschriftAppetite
Jahrgang189
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Okt. 2023

ÖFOS 2012

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