Excessive Gaming and Online Energy-Drink Marketing Exposure Associated with Energy-Drink Consumption among Adolescents

Chung Ying Yang, Fong Ching Chang*, Ru Rutherford, Wen Yu Chen, Chiung Hui Chiu, Ping Hung Chen, Jeng Tung Chiang, Nae Fang Miao, Hung Yi Chuang, Chie Chien Tseng

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this study, we examined excessive online gaming by adolescents and the resultant effects of their exposure to the online marketing of energy drinks and alcohol, and whether marketing literacy could serve as a mitigating factor. This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2020. Data were obtained from a sample of 2613 seventh-grade students from 30 middle schools in Taiwan. A self-administered questionnaire was conducted. The results showed that nearly 18% of the adolescent respondents had used energy drinks, while 75% reported seeing energy-drink advertisements on the internet in the past year. Multiple regression results indicated that factors such as being male, reporting excessive gaming, being exposed to higher levels of online energy-drink marketing, and reporting alcohol use were positively associated with energy-drink consumption. A higher level of online energy-drink marketing-affective literacy, however, was negatively associated with energy-drink consumption. In conclusion, factors that predicted energy-drink consumption among adolescents included excessive gaming and exposure to online energy-drink marketing, but marketing-affective literacy tended to lessen the impact of such advertising.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10661
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume19
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Sep

Keywords

  • energy drinks
  • excessive gaming
  • literacy
  • online marketing exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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