Faculty Advisor

Claypool, Mark L.


We hypothesize when people are streaming videos on a mobile device, their reaction toward initial buffering and interrupts is different based on the genres of the video. First, we created and sent out a survey to students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Next, we developed a study in which we asked participants to watch three sections of a funny video and three sections of a music video that we edited to have artificial buffering in them and recorded their feedback. By analyzing the data, we found people are more sensitive to interrupts when they are watching a music video than a funny video. Comparing our study result with the result of a similar study done on desktops, people opinions toward buffering and interrupts are similar on both mobile and stationary device.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science