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    Title: Cutting, Departing, Transforming, Getting: Escapist Experiences in Leisure Activities
    Authors: Huang, Yi-Chen
    Contributors: 圖書館
    Keywords: escapist;leisure motivation;leisure benefits;experience economy
    Date: 2016
    Issue Date: 2016-03-29 13:24:24 (UTC+8)
    Publisher: 亞洲大學
    Abstract: Previous studies have explored cultural meanings linked to escapist activities and escapist motivations. Nevertheless, few studies have focused on escapist experiences in the field of leisure studies/management; therefore, clarification of escapist experiences in leisure activities is needed. This study conducted a content analysis of customers’ reviews from the tourism website, TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor commenced in 2000, and has since provided more than 300,000 reviews with the keyword ‘escape.’ Reviews come from 47 countries, reflecting diverse opinions from people in different cultures. Because reviews were randomly selected, the first 2,500 and the last 2,500 reviews were used in the content analyses and compared.
    The study found escapist experiences in leisure activities can be divided into four levels. The first level is ‘cutting,’ referring to the motives for escaping. For example, escape the family role, the original lifestyle, the negative psychological feeling, the physical environment (climate), the daily hustle, and escape from work/duties, from civilization (society), and everything. The second level is ‘departing,’ referring to action involved with escaping, for example, to retreat, return to zero, to relax, to hide themselves (forget), to pursue calmness, and to enjoy sensual pleasures. The third level is ‘transforming,’ referring to produce unrealistic feelings such as immersion, deep involvement, nostalgia (fantasy), and participation in new activities. The fourth level is ‘getting,’ referring to become a refreshed new individual after the escapist experiences. For example, acquire courage to feel calm/relaxed, rehabilitation, and feel refreshed. ‘Cutting and departing’ are basically observed at the surface, whereas ‘transforming and getting’ have deeper levels of psychological involvement. This study provides useful information about escapist experiences people have when participating in leisure activities, and offers insight for leisure suppliers and consumers to have positive experiences when escaping.
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