The relationship between environmental context and attentional engagement in podcast listening experiences

A study of 264 podcast listeners shows that environmental context affects a listener’s engagement with podcasts. Five contextual elements were identified: outdoors, indoors & at home, evenings, soundscape & at work, and exercise. Particularly, some listeners use podcasts to mask distracting sounds around them. This finding offers valuable insights for podcasters and researchers about object-based and personalized media.