Short-term effects of a social media-based intervention on the physical and mental health of remotely working young software professionals: A randomised controlled trial

Prabhu Muniswamy, Varadayini Gorhe, Lavanya Parashivakumar, Baskaran Chandrasekaran

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Abstract

The present study aimed to explore the short term effects of a social media-based intervention on the physical and mental health of the software professionals working remotely during the pandemic. Sixty software professionals with poor physical and mental health were randomised to Facebook-based intervention (FIIT) and a control (CONT) group for 2 months. Forty-six remote workers (26.25 ± 3.49 years) completed the study (FIIT = 22; CONT = 26). All the respondents had the median sitting time (7.07 ± 2.30 h/day) during office hours on workdays. We found a significant difference in the sitting time during office hours in workday within the subjects (F1,46 = 4.66; p <.004; ηp2 =.048) and between the subjects (F1,46 = 3.81; p <.004; ηp2 =.040). Post hoc analysis revealed participants in the FIIT group reduced their sitting time by 58 min during office hours during a typical workday compared with the control group. Nevertheless, we found a significant difference in the scores of stress, anxiety and depression within and between the groups. Short-term social media-based physical and mental health intervention may improve physical and mental health scores in the desk-based office workers working remotely.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Psychology: Health and Well-Being
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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  • Applied Psychology

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