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COVID-19 and the Changes in Daily Streaming Behavior of Consumers in the United States


  • Wesley S. Boyce

    (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA)

  • Joseph Morris

    (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA)

  • Patrick M. Tracy

    (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA)


In response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many aspects of day-to-day life were considerably altered. Professional sports leagues, educational institutions, public worship, and workplace closures were commonplace. Quarantines and lockdowns put public life on hold due to social distancing requirements. As a result, internet users increased their web activity as a way of staying connected and passing the time. In this manuscript, streaming activity on Facebook Gaming, YouTube Gaming, Mixer, and Twitch is analyzed to discover changes in consumption. It is compared to school closures and stay-at-home orders in US states to better understand changes in social media platform utilization during the global pandemic. This helps to provide insights into user patterns that firms can consider in planning their future social media efforts.

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  • Wesley S. Boyce & Joseph Morris & Patrick M. Tracy, 2021. "COVID-19 and the Changes in Daily Streaming Behavior of Consumers in the United States," International Journal of Business Analytics (IJBAN), IGI Global, vol. 8(3), pages 26-39, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jban00:v:8:y:2021:i:3:p:26-39

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