The Impact of Content-Based Network Technologies on Perceptions of Nutrition Literacy

Hannah Brewer, E. Mitchell Church, Steven L. Brewer

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Background: Consumers are exposed to obesogenic environments on a regular basis. Building nutrition literacy is critical for sustaining healthy dietary habits for a lifetime and reducing the prevalence of chronic disease. Purpose: There is a need to investigate the impact of content-based network (CBN) technologies on perceptions of nutrition literacy because use of content-based networks has increased indefinitely. Methods: A quantitative survey analyzed by structural equation modeling was used to examine 3 CBN characteristics: serendipitous nutrition discovery, nutrition information management, and social modeling in relation to nutrition self-efficacy and perceptions of nutrition literacy among a sample of undergraduate students (N = 349). Results: Users of the website Pinterest, the most popular CBN, provide support that perception of the CBN's ability to provide access to new and interesting nutrition content impacts feelings of self-efficacy when making dietary decisions. Translation to Health Education Practice: Content-based networks such as Pinterest may serve as a viable tool for increasing nutrition literacy by enhancing self-efficacy around nutrition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-252
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 3 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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