The need for exercise in exergaming perspective of the uses and gratifications theory

Thi Tuan Linh Pham, Han Chung Huang, T. C.E. Cheng, May Kuen Wong, Yen Ni Liao, Ya Hui Yang, Ching I. Teng

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Purpose: Playing exergames may resemble doing conventional exercise and thus has the potential to enhance users’ health. However, no study has yet examined whether and how a need for exercise impacts users’ intention to continuously play exergames, i.e. continuance intention and its antecedents. We developed a model grounded in the uses and gratifications theory (UGT) to address this issue. Design/methodology/approach: We recruited 583 participants to play exergames and collected their psychological responses and physical information. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to test the hypotheses. Findings: We found that health consciousness and perceived exercise benefits are positively related to a need for exercise, which is, in turn, positively related to continuance intention. Moreover, perceived exergame similarity with exercise strengthens the positive link between the need for exercise and continuance intention. Originality/value: This is the first study using the UGT to explain the underlying mechanism linking health consciousness to continuance intention in the playing of exergames. In addition, we introduced the need for exercise as a novel construct in this study. Our findings provide insights to managers on incorporating health-related features into their exergame products to motivate users' engagement in playing exergames.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085-1099
Number of pages15
JournalIndustrial Management and Data Systems
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2020


  • Continuance intention
  • Exergame
  • Need for exercise
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Industrial relations
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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