Ego depletion and recovery through media

Last week I presented a short presentation at the “Taking it to the streets: Self-control in everyday life” symposium organized in collaboration with ASPO and ARPH at the VU University. The presentation is of research conducted with Leonard Reinecke and Tilo Hartmann on the role of ego-depletion on negative appraisals of media use. Basically, when you are tired, you want to watch TV or play video games to relax. But we have found that people who are most fatigued from their daily activities are least likely to benefit from the potentially restorative use of entertainment media. The slides from the talk are available below.

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