As part of the mHealth Active project, Steriani Elavsky, Lenka Knapová, Adam Klocek and David Šmahel reviewed 52 studies examining interventions utilizing mobile technologies to alter physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep among among adults aged 50 years and older. They published this systematic review in the prestigious Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. The mHealth Active project focuses on examining the use of digital technologies to promote health behavior among older adults.
The review show that the most common form of intervention program way via SMS (mostly combined with other forms - e.g. websites) followed by interventions using mobile applications. Though intervention programs were generally quite short - the average duration was 3.5 months (range: 2 weeks - 12 months) - they often had positive impact on different aspects of participants' lifestyle. Out of 50 studies that focused on physical activity, 30 studies showed that participation in programs utilizing mobile technologies increased participants' physical activity. Similarly, 9 out of 14 studies reported that mHealth interventions reduced sedentary behavior. Only 5 studies focused on sleep - 2 of them reported positive impact on participants' sleep.
To sum up, intervention programs utilizing mobile technologies have the potential to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior among older adults. However, authors of the review note that we need more methodologically sound studies focused on both healthy population of older adults as well as specific populations of older adults who might benefit from such programs the most.
EU Kids Online 2020 report is here!
On the occasion of the international Safer Internet Day, we are publishing the EU Kids Online 2020 research report. The report sums up the results of an extensive research that mapped online behaviour of children aged 9-16 years old in 19 countries. Over 25 thousand children took part in this unique research, making it the biggest endeavour of its kind in the world.
ySKILLS/Youth Skills project is taking off
We are very proud to announce the kick-off of ySKILLS or Youth Skills, a H2020 project that will be carried out during the next four years by an interdisciplinary consortium of 15 research teams from 13 countries in Europe.
New report: Do mobile phone bans in schools work?
New research report shows that mobile phone usage during school breaks is unrelated to adolescents' problems commonly discussed in media and only marginally relates to their activities during breaks.
Sonia Livingstone at Cyberspace
IRTIS co-hosted the Cyberspace 2019 - an international conference focused on legal and social aspects of information and communication technologies. We were especially honored to welcome Sonia Livingstone, one of the world's leading researchers of the risks and opportunities children and adolescents face online.