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Motivations to use health-related self-tracking apps

Meiners, M.M. (2019) Motivations to use health-related self-tracking apps.

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Abstract:Recently, health-related self-tracking apps have become increasingly popular. Users of these apps track behaviors such as physical activities, eating behavior or their mood. Existing research about how users are motivated to use health-related self-tracking apps lacks depth. Therefore, the current study aims to reveal the underlying motivations for the usage of health-related self-tracking apps. A qualitative exploratory research design was implemented. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants. The interviews dealt with the participants' motivation to engage in self-tracking and their usage behavior. Afterwards, a relational content analysis was conducted. Thus, the interviews were analyzed deductively based on the interview scheme and existing literature to find out which factors are the most prevalent and how the factors relate to each other. The results reveal a great impact of the factor attitude towards self-tracking on the participants’ motivation to use health-related self-tracking apps. The participants had a positive attitude towards self-tracking, especially when they were convinced that self-tracking was entertaining or a suitable means in order to improve their self-discipline or health. Furthermore, the effort users needed to exert when using an app was highly impactful and in many cases reported to be the most important factor.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79211
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