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Exploring motivations of young adults to participate in physical activities

Exploring motivations of young adults to participate in physical activities
Exploring motivations of young adults to participate in physical activities
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.
motivation, sport, exercise, young adults, sports technology, barriers
1409-1414
ACM
Capel, Tara
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Schnittert, Johanna Frederike
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Snow, Stephen
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Vyas, Dhaval
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Begole, Bo
Capel, Tara
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Schnittert, Johanna Frederike
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Snow, Stephen
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Vyas, Dhaval
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Begole, Bo

Capel, Tara, Schnittert, Johanna Frederike, Snow, Stephen and Vyas, Dhaval (2015) Exploring motivations of young adults to participate in physical activities. In, Begole, Bo (ed.) CHI EA '15: 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. other; 2015-01-01 (01/01/15) New York, US. ACM, pp. 1409-1414. (doi:10.1145/2702613.2732800).

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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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Published date: 2015
Venue - Dates: other; 2015-01-01, 2015-01-01
Keywords: motivation, sport, exercise, young adults, sports technology, barriers
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 386437
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386437
PURE UUID: e20f560b-d341-4a14-8c4b-d48268767213

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Date deposited: 13 Apr 2016 11:47
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 20:49

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