Comparisons of College Students’ Enjoyment in Physical Activity & Exergames

  • Yoonsin Oh University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, United States
  • Matthew S. Wiggins University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, United States
  • Mary Beth Leibham University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, United States

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare college students’ enjoyment levels in three domains of activity (traditional physical activities, exergames, and non-exergames). Volunteers (n = 141) from a Midwestern university completed an online survey composed of a modified version of the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale (PACES). Significant differences were detected across the three domains regarding level of enjoyment, F(2, 232) = 32.49, p < .001, with the highest enjoyment levels reported in the traditional physical activity domain. Additional results revealed that Wii Sports (49%) and Just Dance (29%) had the highest percentage of use with exergamers, while non-exergame participants reported playing video games such as Pokémon, Zelda, Mario Kart, Madden (59%), and Clash of Clans (25%). These results suggest that traditional physical activities and exergaming activities are psychologically enjoyable pursuits for college-aged individuals that can help increase their physical health and quality of life.

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Published
2016-12-31
How to Cite
Oh, Y., Wiggins, M. S., & Leibham, M. B. (2016). Comparisons of College Students’ Enjoyment in Physical Activity & Exergames. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 12(34), 60. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2016.v12n34p60