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.
Presented at 2008 Second International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare.
Toscos, T., Faber, A., Connelly, K., & Upoma, A. M. (2008, January). Encouraging physical activity in teens Can technology help reduce barriers to physical activity in adolescent girls?. In 2008 Second International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (pp. 218-221). IEEE.