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Why people listen: Motivations and outcomes of podcast listening

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This SPSS dataset is from a 2019 survey conducted via Prolific. There are 323 participants in the file, 306 with complete data for the key measures. Measures include the Big Five Inventory, the Interest/Deprivation Curiosity Scale, the Need for Cognition Scale, the Need to Belong Scale, the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction Scale, the General Belongingness Scale, the Meaning in Life Questionnaire, the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale, the Smartphone Addiction Scale, and some questions about listening to podcasts.

In relation to podcasts, participants were first asked if they had ever listened to a podcast.  Those who said yes (N = 240) were asked questions related to amount of listening, categories and format of podcasts, setting of listening, device used, social engagement around podcasts, and parasocial relationships with their favourite podcast host. Participants also indicated their age, gender, and country of residence.

The datafile contains item ratings and scale scores for all measures. Item wording and response labels are provided in the variable view tab of the downloaded file. Other files available on the OSF site include a syntax file related to the analyses reported in a published paper and a copy of the survey.

Geographical area of data collection

Participants were from a variety of countries including the UK (22%), USA (14%), Portugal (14%), Poland (10%), Canada (8%), Mexico (6%), Greece (6%), Spain (4%), Italy (3%), Australia (2%), and others (less than 2% each).


Tobin SJ, Guadagno RE (2022) Why people listen: Motivations and outcomes of podcast listening. PLoS ONE 17(4): e0265806. http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0265806

Research areas

Social and personality psychology

Cite this collection

Tobin, S. J., & Guadagno, R. E. (2022, March 11). Examining Potential Motivations for and Outcomes of Podcast Listening. Retrieved from https://osf.io/dwcaz/

Partner institution

Dr Rosanna Guadagno - Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University https://stanford.academia.edu/RosannaGuadagno

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Data file types



Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY)


© Queensland University of Technology, Dr Rosanna Guadagno, 2022.

Dates of data collection

From 2019-07-31 to 2019-08-03


Has chief investigator
Stephanie Tobin  (Researcher)



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