Working Papers

Mobile Health Behavior Tracking: Health Effects of Tracking Consistency and Its Prediction

Linda Hagen

University of Southern California

Yikun Jiang

McGill University

Barbel Knauper

McGill University

Kosuke Uetake

Yale University

Nathan Yang

McGill Desautels Faculty of Management

Nov 11, 2020

Studies whether consistent personal health behavior tracking via digital technologies (i.e., wearables, fitness apps) leads to improved health outcomes, and, if so, what features predict users’ tracking consistency? Provides causal evidence that tracking consistency (i.e., frequency, consistency) in itself yields measurable health outcomes (i.e., weight loss) and develops a scalable strategy for predicting user tracking.

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