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Internet, smartphones can boost healthy lifestyle: Study

A new study says that internet-based programs help people improve their lifestyle behaviors and reduce the risk of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

  • Updated: September 1, 2016 6:50 PM IST

We have comes across studies and research papers that states that internet and smartphone use are signs of unhealthy lifestyle. However according to a new study, internet- and mobile-based program can help people adopt healthy lifestyle, become more physically active. It might also help people eat healthy and achieve weight loss, which may in turn reduce their risk of chronic disease. The study  showed that the participants in internet interventions improved their diets, became more active, lost body weight or fat, and reduced tobacco use as well as cut excessive alcohol use. Participants in mobile device interventions (using smartphone apps or receiving text or voicemail messages) increased their physical activity and lost body weight or fat. Also Read - Why smartphones must be classified as an essential product during COVID-19 lockdowns

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For the study, the team reviewed 224 studies conducted on generally healthy adults and published between 1990 and 2013. “Programs that have components such as goal-setting and self-monitoring and use multiple modes of communication with tailored messages tended to be more effective. We also found these programs were more effective if they included some interactions with healthcare providers,” said a leading author Ashkan Afshin, acting assistant professor at the University of Washington. Also Read - Flipkart Smartphones Carnival sale: Deals on Apple, Samsung, Poco, Realme, more smartphones

“Such program can help people improve their lifestyle behaviors and reduce the risk of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” Afshin added, in the paper published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Another study suggested that cell phones may have more social value for women compared to men and women may be better at using it to augment or complement existing social relationships. Andrew Lepp, researcher at the Kent State University and his colleagues surveyed 493 students, ranging in age from 18-29, to see whether cell phone use, including texting and talking, was associated with feeling socially connected to their parents and peers.

For the women, the study found that talking on the phone was associated with feeling emotionally close with their parents. However, when it came to relationships with friends, texting was associated with feeling emotionally close. For the men, the opposite holds true – daily calling and texting were not related in any way to feelings of emotional closeness with either parents or with peers.

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  • Published Date: September 1, 2016 6:45 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 1, 2016 6:50 PM IST



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