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.
How Do Health-oriented Websites Impact Women’s Drive for Thinness?
In the blogpost for the ySKILLS project, IRTIS members Nikol Kvardová, Hana Macháčková, and David Šmahel explain how online social support relates to the internalization of body-appearance norms and drive for thinness among young women. They also discuss the potential buffering role of digital skills.
European children’s experiences of cyberhate
Marie Bedrošová from IRTIS writes about the cyberhate phenomenon and comments the results of EU Kids Online IV results regarding this issue in a post for the London School of Economics' blog Parenting for a Digital Future.
EUKO 2020 Technical report is now available
EU Kids Online 2020: Technical report detailing the methodological aspects of EU Kids Online IV project is now available.
Children's access to quality health information during COVID-19
IRTIS members David Šmahel and Rostislav Zlámal contributed to a new UNICEF research brief focusing on children's access to health information online and their ability to verify truthfulness of such information in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.