Title

Encouraging Physical Activity in Teens: Can Technology Help Reduce Barriers to Physical Activity in Adolescent Girls?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2008

Publication Source

Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Pervasive Technologies for Healthcare (Pervasive Health 2008).

Inclusive pages

218-221

Publisher

IEEE Xplore Digital Library

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Physical activity levels of girls decline dramatically during adolescence and may be a contributor to the increasing number of obese teens in the United States. Research has shown that social support is positively correlated with physical activity levels in adolescents, particularly girls. We present the findings from a three week field study of a mobile phone application designed to create a support group for physical activity within an existing social network of adolescent girls. Our findings suggest design considerations for technologies that encourage physical activity for this user group.

Keywords

persuasive technology; fitness; physical activity; activity-based applications; mobile phone

Disciplines

Science and Technology Studies

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