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Study shows that social media sways exercise motivation

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As previous study have shown that physical activity levels among undergraduate student have declined, a new study, led by Western PhD graduate Alison Divine and Physical Therapy professor Susan Hunter, showed that providing supportive physical activity environments within Facebook may be a successful avenue to get students exercising.

“We have a basic need to feel connected with others and this feeling of connection influences our wellbeing and motivation,” Western PhD Alison Divine explained. “As a society, we are connecting and communicating substantially through technology and social media platforms, such as Facebook. University students tend to spend a significant time on Facebook.”

Read the full story in Western News.