User acceptance of real-life personalized coaching in social fitness apps

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Abstract

This exploratory study contributes with in-depth insights into the user acceptance of real-life personalized coaching in social fitness smartphone apps. We have defined a set of novel coaching concepts, where a dyad with strong social ties perform real-life exercises, set and track the progress of shared fitness goals. To gain a user-centred context, we have adopted a mixed-methods design and conducted a twofold experiment. First, we have participated in survey where 1530 participants shared their views on the proposed coaching concepts. Second, we have developed a prototype social fitness app and have conducted a small pilot study to learn from the participants’ first-hand experience. Our findings highlight a number of approaches for enhancing coaching-based social fitness apps. We identify target groups that clearly show interest towards the presented coaching concepts. We report on user preferences towards taking a particular user role. We discuss the user experiences with the pilot app, and we pinpoint set of user barriers for using apps based on personalized coaching.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPervasive Health'19
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages198-207
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361262
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2019
Event13th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2019 - Trento, Italy
Duration: 20 May 201923 May 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference13th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2019
CountryItaly
CityTrento
Period20/05/1923/05/19

Keywords

  • MHealth
  • Personal coach
  • Social fitness apps
  • User acceptance

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