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Title: Are we fit yet? English adolescent girls’ experiences of health and fitness apps
Authors: Depper, Annaleise
Howe, P. David
Keywords: Adolescent girls
Digital health
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor and Francis (© 2016 Informa UK Limited)
Citation: DEPPER, A. and HOWE, P.D., 2016. Are we fit yet? English adolescent girls’ experiences of health and fitness apps. Health Sociology Review, doi: 10.1080/14461242.2016.1196599
Abstract: In recent years, society has witnessed a proliferation of digital technologies facilitate new ways to monitor young people’s health. This paper explores a group of English adolescent girls’ understandings of ‘health’ promoted by health and fitness related technologies. Five focus group meetings with the same 8 girls, aged between 14 and 17, were conducted to explore their experiences of using health and fitness apps. The girls’ understandings of the digitised body are examined through a Foucauldian lens, with particular attention to conceptualisations of bio-power and technologies of the self. The data reveal how the girls negotiated, and at times critiqued, the multiple health discourses that are manifest through digital health technologies and performative health culture. The results emphasise that individual-based applications (apps) remove the social and interactive elements of physical activity valued by the girls. This research highlights the possibilities digital technologies provide for health promotion, yet also illuminates the limitations of these technologies if used uncritically and inappropriately.
Description: This paper is closed access until 4th July 2017.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2016.1196599
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21914
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1196599
ISSN: 1446-1242
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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