Définir l'appréciation des médias comme étant la satisfaction de besoins intrinsèques

Translated title of the contribution: Defining media enjoyment as the satisfaction of intrinsic needs

Ron Tamborini, Nicholas David Bowman, Allison Eden, Matthew Grizzard, Ashley Organ

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This article presents a model of enjoyment rooted in self-determination theory that includes the satisfaction of three needs related to psychological well-being: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. In an experiment designed to validate this conceptualization of enjoyment, we manipulate video game characteristics related to the satisfaction of these needs and examine their relative effects on enjoyment. The validated model explains 51% of the variance in enjoyment, even without including needs usually studied in relation to enjoyment such as pleasure seeking. Results indicate the utility of defining enjoyment as need satisfaction. These results are discussed in terms of a broader conceptualization of enjoyment represented as the satisfaction of a comprehensive set of functional needs.

Translated title of the contributionDefining media enjoyment as the satisfaction of intrinsic needs
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)758-777
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Entertainment media
  • Hedonism
  • Psychological well-being
  • Theory of self-determination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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