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dc.contributor.authorPagoto, Sherry L.
dc.contributor.authorSchneider, Kristin L.
dc.contributor.authorOleski, Jessica L.
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Brian
dc.contributor.authorBauman, Michael
dc.date2022-08-11T08:10:21.000
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-23T17:05:22Z
dc.date.available2022-08-23T17:05:22Z
dc.date.issued2014-03-01
dc.date.submitted2013-02-26
dc.identifier.citationPagoto SL, Schneider KL, Oleski J, Smith B, Bauman M. The adoption and spread of a core-strengthening exercise through an online social network. J Phys Act Health. 2014 Mar;11(3):648-53. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2012-0040. <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0040" target="_blank">Link to article on publisher's website</a>
dc.identifier.doi10.1123/jpah.2012-0040
dc.identifier.pmid23416874
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/44842
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The present feasibility study describes engagement and spread of a Twitter-based core-strengthening challenge. METHODS: A challenge that entailed completing a core-strengthening exercise using a hashtag (#PlankADay) was circulated via Twitter. We surveyed users who joined during the first 2 months of the challenge to describe their characteristics, including social support for exercise and to what extent they invited others to join. We continued to track total users for 10 months. RESULTS: Of 407 individuals who joined in the first 2 months, 105 completed surveys. Among these, 81% were female and 86% Caucasian and mean age was 35.8. 72% participated for at least 1 month and 47% participated for at least 2 months. Survey participants reported that the challenge increased their enjoyment of abdominal exercise. Of the 68% of participants who invited others to participate, 28% recruited none, 66% recruited 1-5 users, and 6% recruited 10 or more users. Participants reported that online friends provided as much positive social support for exercise as family and in-person friends. In 14 months, 4,941 users produced 76,746 tweets and mean total tweets per user was 15.86 (SD = 75.34; range= 1-2888). CONCLUSION: Online social networks may be a promising mechanism to spread brief exercise behaviors.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.relation<a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=23416874&dopt=Abstract">Link to article in PubMed</a>
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0040
dc.subjectMuscle Strength
dc.subjectExercise
dc.subjectPhysical Fitness
dc.subjectHealth Behavior
dc.subjectSocial Networking
dc.subjectInternet
dc.subjectTwitter
dc.subjectexercise
dc.subjectsocial networks
dc.subjectBehavioral Disciplines and Activities
dc.subjectBehavior and Behavior Mechanisms
dc.subjectCommunity Health and Preventive Medicine
dc.subjectPreventive Medicine
dc.titleThe Adoption and Spread of a Core-Strengthening Exercise Through an Online Social Network
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.source.journaltitleJournal of Physical Activity and Health
dc.source.volume11
dc.source.issue3
dc.identifier.legacycoverpagehttps://escholarship.umassmed.edu/prevbeh_pp/264
dc.identifier.contextkey3788004
html.description.abstract<p><strong>BACKGROUND:</strong></p> <p>The present feasibility study describes engagement and spread of a Twitter-based core-strengthening challenge.</p> <p><strong>METHODS:</strong></p> <p>A challenge that entailed completing a core-strengthening exercise using a hashtag (<a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=23416874#">#PlankADay</a>) was circulated via Twitter. We surveyed users who joined during the first 2 months of the challenge to describe their characteristics, including social support for exercise and to what extent they invited others to join. We continued to track total users for 10 months.</p> <p><strong>RESULTS:</strong></p> <p>Of 407 individuals who joined in the first 2 months, 105 completed surveys. Among these, 81% were female and 86% Caucasian and mean age was 35.8. 72% participated for at least 1 month and 47% participated for at least 2 months. Survey participants reported that the challenge increased their enjoyment of abdominal exercise. Of the 68% of participants who invited others to participate, 28% recruited none, 66% recruited 1-5 users, and 6% recruited 10 or more users. Participants reported that online friends provided as much positive social support for exercise as family and in-person friends. In 14 months, 4,941 users produced 76,746 tweets and mean total tweets per user was 15.86 (SD = 75.34; range= 1-2888).</p> <p><strong>CONCLUSION:</strong></p> <p>Online social networks may be a promising mechanism to spread brief exercise behaviors.</p>
dc.identifier.submissionpathprevbeh_pp/264
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
dc.source.pages648-53


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