Exploring motivations of young adults to participate in physical activities

Capel, Tara, Schnittert, Johanna Frederike, Snow, Stephen, & Vyas, Dhaval (2015) Exploring motivations of young adults to participate in physical activities. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA '15, ACM, Seoul, Republic of Korea, pp. 1409-1414.

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This paper investigates the motivations of young adults aged 18 to 24 years to participate in physical activities and how technology might best support this motivation. Motivational factors were studied through contextual interviews, an adapted cultural probe activity and a survey with a group of young adults currently active in sports. From our preliminary findings we determine that staying healthy, achieving specific goals and socialising represent key motivational factors for young adults to be active in sports, but also, that exercise is not considered a high priority in their daily lives. A link between the motivation of achieving specific goals and a technology to measure and track activities was established. The study concludes with three implications for the design of technology to motivate young adults to participate in sports.

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ID Code: 83764
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Motivation; sport; exercise; young adults; sports technology; barriers
DOI: 10.1145/2702613.2732800
ISBN: 9781450331463
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2015 22:51
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 00:16

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