Determinants for Sustained Use of an Activity Tracker

Authors Sander Hermsen, Jonas Moons, Peter Kerkhof, Carina Wiekens, Martijn de Groot
Published in JMIR Mhealth Uhealth
Publication date 2017
Research groups Communication in Digital Transition
Type Article


This study offers an overview of the natural development of the use of an activity tracker, as well as the relative importance of a range of determinants from literature. Decay is exponential but slower than may be expected from existing literature. Many factors have a small contribution to sustained use. The most important determinants are technical condition, age, user experience, and goal-related factors. This finding suggests that activity tracking is potentially beneficial for a broad range of target groups, but more attention should be paid to technical and user experience–related aspects of activity trackers.

Downloads en links

On this publication contributed

  • Jonas Moons
    Jonas Moons
    • Researcher
    • Research group: Artificial Intelligence

Language English
Published in JMIR Mhealth Uhealth
Year and volume 5 10
Key words mobile health, mHealth, physical activity, machine learning, habits

Sander Hermsen