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Twitter Me: Using Micro-blogging to Motivate Teenagers to Exercise

  • Mark Mingyi Young
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6105)

Abstract

A micro-blogging site for the persuasive technology is developed along with cell phone application that helps motivate teenage girls to exercise by exploiting their social desire to stay connected with their peers. We choose teenage girls because they are more responsive to health behavior interventions and they think exercising is the easiest way to improve health. The purpose of this study is to provide real-time information sharing in order to modify the behaviors of girls and ultimately lead to improved health habits. Our study investigated how collecting, sharing and comparing personal fitness information impacts activity level and health awareness.

Keywords

Persuasive technology health improvement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Mingyi Young
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  1. 1.School of Information Systems & TechnologyClaremont Graduate UniversityClaremontU.S.A.

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