“Identifying the effects of social media on health behavior: Data from a large-scale online experiment." Data in Brief, 2015.

Type: 
Article
Author(s): 
Jingwen Zhang, Devon Brackbill, Sijia Yang, and Damon Centola

Sedentary lifestyle is an escalating epidemic. Little is known about whether or how social media can be used to design a cost-effective solution for sedentary lifestyle. In this article we describe the data from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) that evaluated two prominent strategies for conducting exercise interventions using elements of social media: motivational media campaigns and online peer networks. The data file includes 217 participants’ basic demographic information, number of exercise class enrollments over 13 weeks, and self-reported number of days for exercise activities in the previous 7 days at baseline. Among the 217, 164 also have data on self-reported number of days for exercise activities at the post-program. Data are supplied with this article.

Published in Volume 5, pages 453-457