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What features do Dutch university students prefer in a smartphone application for promotion of physical activity?. A qualitative approach.
- Middelweerd, A., Laan, D.M. van der, Stralen, M.M. van, Mollee, J.S., Stuij, M., Velde, S.J. te, Brug, J.
- 11 p.
The transition from adolescence to early adulthood is a critical period in which there is a decline in physical activity (PA). College and university students make up a large segment of this age group. Smartphones may be used to promote and support PA. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore Dutch students’ preferences regarding a PA application (PA app) for smartphones. Thirty Dutch students (aged 18-25 years) used a PA app for three weeks and subsequently attended a focus group discussion (k=5). The discussions were audio and video recorded, transcribed and analysed according to conventional content analysis. Participants prefer PA apps that coach and motivate them, that provide tailored feedback toward personally set goals and that allow competition with friends.