AuthorRegele, Amanda Colleen
AdvisorSchau, Hope Jensen
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractTwo significant trends are overcoming today’s society: the growth in obesity rates and health concerns as well as the rise of the technology era and use of social media. The purpose of this study is to analyze the overlap between these two powerful forces and determine whether modern media applications that are geared toward health and fitness play a significant role in helping that user achieve their goals and thus help address the United States’ obesity problem. Findings from this study show that people who use fitness applications are likely to run more frequently within a given week, signifying higher adherence to exercise. Additionally, across all categories, those who track workouts showed greater improvement and higher motivation than those who do not. On top of this, those who track and also collaborate with others within the application showed greater improvement than those who tracked without collaborating. While past research indicates that only intrinsic motives lead to long-term compliance, fitness applications, amidst being focused on mainly extrinsic factors, achieve a similar result by fostering enjoyment within the user by offering social interaction, competition, expertise, and satisfaction from continual tracking. This study shows how social media can be used to foster long-term fitness compliance, which is ultimately the only way to truly combat the mounting obesity problem within our nation. In essence, technology doesn’t have to make you lazier- it can do the opposite.
Degree ProgramHonors College