Exploring online fitness culture and young females

Published on Nov 1, 2016in Leisure Studies1.38
· DOI :10.1080/02614367.2016.1182202
Stephanie T. Jong2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Flinders University),
Murray Drummond16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Flinders University)
AbstractWhile previous studies have investigated online health communities and health-seeking behaviours, less attention has been directed at the growing impact of the online fitness movement. This paper draws on the concept of biopedagogies to examine the messages transmitted within fitness culture on social networking sites (SNSs), and their role as a channel for health and fitness information. To explore this, a multi-method approach was conducted. The two methods included a netnography (online ethnography) and 22 semi-structured individual interviews with female participants aged 18–24 in Australia. The study suggests that online fitness use is becoming a popular leisure activity and source of health and fitness information. It reveals how SNSs are used as a platform to gather and teach ideas of health and fitness, and the manner in which textual and photographic online communication facilitates the social construction and transmission of this knowledge. Results indicated that although fitness account...
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