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Health and Exercise-related Predictors of Distance-tracking App Usage

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Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate whether health consciousness and exercise motivations predict distance-tracking smartphone app usage and their perceived usefulness. Methods: Participants were recruited from a large northeastern university (N = 491) and completed an online survey regarding their health consciousness, exercise motivations, and use of distance-tracking apps. Results: Health consciousness did not predict distance-tracking app usage, although mood management and appearance-related exercise motivations did positively predict usage. Health consciousness as well as appearance and fitness-related exercise motivations were significant predictors of perceived usefulness. Conclusions: Overall health consciousness, personal exercise motivations, and perceived app usefulness may be key determinants of adoption and continued use of distance-tracking apps.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Communication, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2017

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