Smartphones adversely affecting your fitness: Study

Smartphones have been among the greatest technological revolutions in the last decade, bringing e-mails, calls, the internet, and entertainment into your pockets. But a recent study claims that smartphones are also responsible for lowered fitness levels among users.


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Faculty of education, health and Human Services at Kent State University, Dr. Jacob Barkley and Dr. Andrew Lepp conducted a survey to see how smartphone usage affects the exercise levels of college students. Unlike tv are smartphones small and portable, making it possible to use them while you do a little physical activity.


The two researchers surveyed more than 300 students from the US Midwest on their smartphone usage and exercise level. Of the test group, was 49 selected for fitness level and body composition test. The results showed that those who have spent large amounts of time on their phones-as high as 14 hours a day-were less fit than those used for the handset less than 90 minutes daily.


A student who took part in the survey said, “now, I have switched to the iPhone, I would say it definitely reduces my physical activity, because before I had just a Blackberry, so I don’t have much stuff on it. But now, if I’m bored, I can just download what I want …”


It is said to be the first study that evaluates the relationship between smartphones and fitness level users. It has appeared in the International Journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity.

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