With the concern of digital technology that is detrimental to young people's health, a new study says that mobile applications that focus on exercise, diet and health promote their overall well-being and act as effective learning tools.
Health applications and devices have the potential to act as a very attractive and attractive health promotion tool that can, for example, help young people learn about their bodies or increase their level of physical activity, say researchers from the University of Birmingham in the UK.
This study shows that young people are "important participants" of digital health technology and are able to assess health-related applications that are relevant to their age and body, appropriate sources of digital content and fire those who might be harmful to them.
"There are currently more than 160,000 health applications available in major application stores focused on health, diet and exercise and they are very attractive to young people, but most of these applications are designed for adults," said Victoria Goodyear, a pedagogical researcher from university.
For this study, the team involved 245 young people aged 13 to 18 years.
The findings, published in the journal Learning, Media and Technology, show that one third of participants are active users of applications and devices related to sports, diet and health.
In addition, schools, peers and parents are a strong influence on the types of applications and devices used by young people.
Importantly, many of the participants were able to ignore content that was irrelevant to them, potentially harmful to their bodies, or just & # 39; boring & # 39;
Health education can be improved by learning from the ways in which young people access, choose and use digital health technology, the researchers noted.