Soccer results affect subjective well-being, but only briefly: a smartphone study during the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Stefan Stieger, Friedrich M Götz, Fabienne Gehrig

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Abstract

The current research examined the effects of soccer match results on spectators' subjective well-being. Across the group stage of the soccer World Cup 2014, German-speaking participants indicated their well-being three times per day through a smartphone-based science app. In line with proposed hypotheses, comparisons of data taken after the three matches of the German national team showed robust effects, revealing that well-being was higher among spectators than non-spectators, with effects increasing as a function of goal difference. Moreover, this gain in well-being was only found in spectators supporting the German soccer team, allowing us to rule out a general emotional contagion effect affecting all spectators. Although soccer results are associated with national identity and pride, their effects on subjective well-being were short-lived and only affected supporters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number497
Pages (from-to)497
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume6
Issue numberMAY
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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