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The Effects of Social Media on Food Intake and Behaviour

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified October 2016 by Travis Saunders, University of Prince Edward Island
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02948816
First Posted: October 28, 2016
Last Update Posted: October 28, 2016
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Travis Saunders, University of Prince Edward Island
  Purpose

Participants will be exposed to 3 conditions, in random order:

  1. A Facebook page where 70% of posts are related to food.
  2. A Facebook page where only 20% of posts are related to food.
  3. A control condition (colouring quietly).

During each of the above conditions participants will be provided with identical snacks. The snacks will be weighed before and after each condition, to determine whether there is a change in food intake across the 3 conditions.


Condition Intervention
Sedentary Lifestyle Hunger Eating Behavioral: Facebook Behavioral: Facebook + Food Behavioral: Colouring

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Effects of Social Media on Food Intake and Behaviour

Further study details as provided by Travis Saunders, University of Prince Edward Island:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Ad libitum snack food intake [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
    Participants will be provided with snack foods based on a previously completed food preference questionnaire. The food will be weighed before and after each session to determine caloric and macronutrient intake.


Estimated Enrollment: 25
Study Start Date: October 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Facebook
Participants will spend 30 minutes interacting with a Facebook page that is made up of 20% food-related posts, and 80% non food-related posts (news, sports, etc). They will be provided with bowls of snacks, which will be weighed before and after their session.
Behavioral: Facebook
Participants will spend 30 minutes on a Facebook page that is primarily non-food related posts.
Experimental: Facebook + Food
Participants will spend 30 minutes interacting with a Facebook page that is made up of 70% food-related posts, and 30% non food-related posts (news, sports, etc). They will be provided with bowls of snacks, which will be weighed before and after their session.
Behavioral: Facebook + Food
Participants will spend 30 minutes on a Facebook page that is food related posts.
Active Comparator: Colouring
Participants will spend 30 minutes colouring. They will be provided with bowls of snacks, which will be weighed before and after their session.
Behavioral: Colouring
Participants will spend 30 minutes colouring quietly.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 25 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-25.

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02948816


Contacts
Contact: Travis Saunders, PhD 9025660641 trsaunders@upei.ca

Locations
Canada, Prince Edward Island
University of Prince Edward Island Recruiting
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, C1A 4P3
Contact: Travis Saunders    9025660641    trsaunders@upei.ca   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Prince Edward Island
  More Information

Responsible Party: Travis Saunders, Assistant Professor, University of Prince Edward Island
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02948816     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 6006850
First Submitted: October 24, 2016
First Posted: October 28, 2016
Last Update Posted: October 28, 2016
Last Verified: October 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No


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