SedVis: Supporting Sedentary Behavior Change by Visualizing Personal Mobility Patterns and Action Planning on Smartphone

Published in JMIR Preprint (Under Review), 2019

Abstract:
Prolonged sedentary behavior is related to a number of risk factors for chronic diseases. Given the high prevalence of sedentary behavior in daily life, light-weight solutions for behavior change are needed to avoid detrimental health effects. Based on behavioral theories, the mobile app SedVis was developed. The app provides personal mobility pattern visualization and action planning. We aimed to study the effect of the mobility visualization on users’ action planning and change in sedentary behavior, as well as engagement with the visualization and user experience of the app. We conducted a three-week pilot study with 16 participants who had the motivation to reduce their sedentary behavior. The results showed that using a smartphone app to collect mobility data and provide feedback in real time using visualizations is a promising method to induce changes in sedentary behavior and might be more effective than action planning alone.

Recommended citation:
Yunlong Wang, Laura M. König, Harald Reiterer. SedVis: Supporting Sedentary Behavior Change by Visualizing Personal Mobility Patterns and Action Planning on Smartphone. JMIR Preprints. 04/07/2019:15369. DOI: 10.2196/preprints.15369.

Preprint here