The role of background music in the experience of watching YouTube videos about death and dying

Pentaris, Panagiotis and Yerosimou, Maria. 2020. The role of background music in the experience of watching YouTube videos about death and dying. Journal of Education, Culture and Society, 2015(2), pp. 305-319. ISSN 2081-1640 [Article]

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YouTube is the largest video sharing site live at the moment. It has been used to communicate a vast array of information, while it allows for user-generated content. This paper will focus on YouTube videos that communicate death, and in particular will present findings from a preliminary study undertaken by the authors considering the role that background music plays in these videos.

Specifically, this study explores the experiences of the viewers of death-related YouTube videos with and without background music while it makes comparisons in relation to the impact that music has on the viewers? emotional experiences.

We conclude that background music elicits emotions and enhances feelings of sadness and sympathy in relation to the visual content of videos while recommendations for future research are made.

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Background music; death; memorial videos; grief; YouTube

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Faiths and Civil Society
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Social Work


2 January 2020Published

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10 Oct 2022 12:30

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10 Oct 2022 12:30

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