Health-related behaviors and technology usage among college students

Bridget F. Melton, Lauren E. Bigham, Helen W. Bland, Matthew Bird, Ciaran Fairman

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Objective: To examine associations between technology usage and specific health factors among college students. Methods: The research employed was a quantitative, descriptive, cross-sectional design; undergraduate students enrolled in spring 2012 general health education courses were recruited to participate. To explore college students' specific technology usage and health-related behaviors, a 28-item questionnaire was utilized. Results: Statistical significant differences of technology usage were found between 3 of the 4 health-related behaviors under study (BMI, sleep, and nutrition) (p < .05). Conclusion: As technology usage continues to evolve within the college student population, health professionals need to understand its implications on health behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-518
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Colleges
  • Exercise
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Technology usage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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