Internet use and leisure time physical activity of adults - A nationwide survey

Sima Zach, Sabina Lissitsa

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Abstract

We examined the relationships between physical activity and Internet use habits, using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and the Health Action Process Approach (HAPA) model as a framework. The purpose was to examine how Internet access, digital use, and time spent online correlate with the odds of engaging in three types of PA: strenuous, moderate, and muscle-strengthening Data relied on the Annual Social Survey conducted by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics in 2010, with 6035 participants aged 20-65. Logistic regressions revealed that the odds of engaging versus not engaging in three types of physical activity were higher among Internet users compared to non-users. The odds of engaging versus not engaging in strenuous physical activity were higher among those who used the Internet for studying, social media, and downloading; in strengthening muscles were higher among those who used the Internet for seeking information and social media; and in moderate physical activity were higher among those who used the Internet for studying, compared to non-users. We suggest that the measured digital uses represent intention and action plans similar in their determinants to being physically active. Health care decision makers should increase availability of information on the Internet regarding a healthy lifestyle, concentrating on leisure-time physical activity habits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-491
Number of pages9
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume60
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Digital uses
  • Internet use
  • Physical activity patterns
  • The HAPA model
  • The theory of planned behavior

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology

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