The Dark Side of Connected Health Technology: How Connectivity Creates Exercise Addiction Among Conscientious Users

Sandy Fitzgerald, RMIT University, Australia
Luke Kachersky, Fordham University, USA
Natalya Saldanha, RMIT University, Australia
Emily Chung, RMIT University, Australia
Lisa Farrell, RMIT University, Australia
Gaurangi Laud, RMIT University, Australia
Kaleel Rahman, RMIT University, Australia
Mike Reid, RMIT University, Australia
Linda Robinson, RMIT University, Australia
For many users, connected health technologies (CHTs; e.g., diet and fitness apps) promote positive behavioral changes through simple psychological mechanisms. Yet emerging evidence suggests CHTs may compel some users to pursue health goals at unhealthy levels. This research examines if, how, and for which users CHTs foster exercise addiction.
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Sandy Fitzgerald, Luke Kachersky, Natalya Saldanha, Emily Chung, Lisa Farrell, Gaurangi Laud, Kaleel Rahman, Mike Reid, and Linda Robinson (2016) ,"The Dark Side of Connected Health Technology: How Connectivity Creates Exercise Addiction Among Conscientious Users", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 44, eds. Page Moreau and Stefano Puntoni, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 731-731.