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Walking in the wild - using an always-on Smartphone application to increase physical activity

Harries, Tim, Eslambolchilar, Parisa ORCID:, Stride, Chris, Rettie, Ruth and Walton, Simon 2013. Walking in the wild - using an always-on Smartphone application to increase physical activity. Presented at: INTERACT 2013: IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-6 September 2013. Published in: Kotze, Paula, Marsden, Gary, Lindgaard, Gitte, Wesson, Janet and Winckler, Marco eds. Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013: 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, Part IV. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). , vol.8120 Springer, pp. 19-36. 10.1007/978-3-642-40498-6_2

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This multidisciplinary paper reports on a large-scale field trial, designed and implemented by a group of social scientists, computer scientists and statisticians, of a new smartphone-based app for the promotion of walking in everyday life. The app, bActive, is designed for a more diverse range of users than the typical active-lifestyle app, since it requires neither additional equipment nor a great deal of commitment to exercise. As a result, it can raise awareness of walking and promote walking amongst those with only a casual or hesitant engagement with the topic. The 6-week randomised controlled trial with 22-40 year-old male participants (N=152) indicates that bActive prompted users to increase the amount of walking they did by encouraging them to value and increase walking that is incidental to normal everyday activities. Longitudinal data analysis showed that use of the app increased walking by an average of 64% but did not find any evidence to suggest that the inclusion of comparative social feedback improves the impact of such apps on male participants

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Uncontrolled Keywords: walking, feedback, norms, app, active-lifestyle, social sharing
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783642404979
ISSN: 0302-9743
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 07:10

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