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Type: Journal article
Title: Impact of increasing social media use on sitting time and body mass index
Author: Alley, S.
Wellens, P.
Schoeppe, S.
De Vries, H.
Rebar, A.
Short, C.
Duncan, M.
Vandelanotte, C.
Citation: Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 2017; 28(2):91-95
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1036-1073
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Stephanie Alley, Pauline Wellens, Stephanie Schoeppe, Hein de Vries, Amanda L. Rebar, Camille E. Short, Mitch J. Duncan and Corneel Vandelanotte
Abstract: Issue addressed: Sedentary behaviours, in particular sitting, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and poorer mental health status. In Australia, 70% of adults sit for more than 8 h per day. The use of social media applications (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) is on the rise; however, no studies have explored the association of social media use with sitting time and body mass index (BMI). Methods: Cross-sectional self-report data on demographics, BMI and sitting time were collected from 1140 participants in the 2013 Queensland Social Survey. Generalised linear models were used to estimate associations of a social media score calculated from social media use, perceived importance of social media, and number of social media contacts with sitting time and BMI. Results: Participants with a high social media score had significantly greater sitting times while using a computer in leisure time and significantly greater total sitting time on non-workdays. However, no associations were found between social media score and sitting to view TV, use motorised transport, work or participate in other leisure activities; or total workday, total sitting time or BMI. Conclusions: These results indicate that social media use is associated with increased sitting time while using a computer, and total sitting time on non-workdays. So what? The rise in social media use may have a negative impact on health by contributing to computer sitting and total sitting time on non-workdays. Future longitudinal research with a representative sample and objective sitting measures is needed to confirm findings.
Keywords: Computer; screen time; sedentary behaviour; social networking
Rights: Journal compilation © Australian Health Promotion Association 2017 Open Access CC BY-NC-ND
RMID: 0030075123
DOI: 10.1071/HE16026
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