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    Technology readiness, UTAUT2 and continued use of digital wellness services - A configurational approach
    ( 2022-01-04) Mezei, József ; Sell, Anna ; Walden, Pirkko
    Digital wellness is a multi-disciplinary domain that makes use of digital and mobile technologies in order to provide personalized services for the users to improve their mental and physical well-being. In order to understand the main drivers of continued usage of digital wellness services, we make use of the well- established Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT2) and extend it by considering user's technology readiness (TR). Survey data is collected from 162 Finnish young elderly who participate in a research program and use a digital wellness application. With Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis combinations of UTAUT2 dimensions and TR that lead users to continue or stop using digital wellness services, are identified. The results show that technology readiness can contribute to our understanding of users’ continued usage behavior, both as an independent dimension and when combined with some of the UTAUT2 dimensions. Contrasted with previous research, our study confirms the importance of Effort expectancy whereas the impact of Performance expectancy is found to be less direct.
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    Survival of the Fittest? Examining Lapsing Behaviour in the Context of Elderly People and the Use of Physical Activity Tracker Applications
    ( 2022-01-04) Makkonen, Markus ; Kari, Tuomas ; Frank, Lauri
    Physical activity (PA) tracker applications have been proposed as one potential solution to the increasingly prevalent physical inactivity problem among elderly people, but their long-term potential is limited by the frequent lapses in their use. In this study, our objective is to promote the understanding of the lapsing behaviour of PA tracker applications among elderly people. More specifically, we are interested in how gender, age, and household type as well as initial PA level and technology readiness (TR) affect the risk of lapsing. As the data for the study, we use actual PA tracker application usage data as well as survey data, which were both collected in our ongoing research program and are analysed by using survival analysis. We find lapsing behaviour to be affected mainly by initial PA level as well as to some degree by TR and gender but not by age and household type.
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    Does Physical Activity Application Use Promote Self-Efficacy for Exercise? A Study Among Aged People
    ( 2022-01-04) Kari, Tuomas ; Makkonen, Markus ; Frank, Lauri ; Kettunen, Eeva
    The importance of sustained physical activity in healthy aging is well established. To achieve sustained physical activity and exercise, related self-efficacy is important. Hence, solutions to promote self-efficacy for exercise among aged people are urgently needed. Digital wellness technologies provide a potential solution, but research on their potential to promote self-efficacy for exercise is scarce and more research is needed. To address this need, this study investigates how effective is the use of a physical activity application in promoting self-efficacy for exercise among aged people. Self-efficacy levels were compared between three different time points: before taking the application into use and after 4 and 12 months of use. The results suggest that physical activity application use can be effective in promoting self-efficacy for exercise among aged people as there was an improvement in most of the self-efficacy items as well as in total self-efficacy already after 4 months of use and this improvement was sustained after 12 months of use.
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    Introduction to the Minitrack on Digital Mobile Services for Everyday Life
    ( 2022-01-04) Dahlberg, Tomi ; Sell, Anna ; Walden, Pirkko