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Welcome and thank you for considering taking part in this online survey.

Before you decide we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please contact one of the investigators using the contact details below if you have any questions.

The purpose of this study is to investigate young adults’ use of healthy lifestyle technologies and the influence of these technologies on their physical activity participation and health knowledge. The study will also explore whether school Physical Education has an influence on young adults’ use of these technologies.

This study is part of a PhD student’s research project supported by Loughborough University. The study will be undertaken by Jike Yang and supervised by Professor Lorraine Cale and Dr Ash Casey.

You will be asked to complete an online survey, which should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. You do not need to do anything before completing the survey. This is a low risk activity and no disadvantages or risks have been identified in association with participating.

You must be over the age of 18 and have the capacity to fully understand and consent to this research. You must have previous and/or current experiences of using healthy lifestyle technologies.

Loughborough University will be using information/data from you to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that the University is responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. The data will be used in the PhD thesis and any journal or conference papers that stem from this study.

Identifiable personal information including your name and contact details will be collected. We need your name and contact details as part of the consent process to arrange the focus group and any follow up interviews. Other personal information collected will be your gender and details of which healthy lifestyle technologies you use or have used in the past. No individual will be identifiable in any report, presentation, or publication. All information will be securely stored on the University computer systems. We will keep identifiable personal information about you until the successful completion of the PhD study (expected to be by 01/10/2024).

Personal data will be processed on the public task basis. For further details on the data protection legislation see:

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), some of the personal data which will be collected from you is categorised as “sensitive data”. The processing of this data is necessary for scientific research in accordance with safeguards. This means that the study has gone through an ethical committee to ensure that the appropriate safeguards are put in place with respect to the use of your personal data.

After you have read this information and asked any questions you may have, if you are happy to participate, please read the consent page and confirm your consent by checking the tick box at the bottom of the page. You can withdraw from the survey at any time by closing the browser. However, once you have submitted the survey it will not be possible to withdraw your data from the study.

Professor Lorraine Cale (Responsible Investigator), School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU,, 01509 226354

Jike Yang (Main investigator), School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU,

What if I am not happy with how the research was conducted?

If you are not happy with how the research was conducted, please contact the Secretary of the Ethics Review Sub-Committee, Research & Innovation Office, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU.  Tel: 01509 222423.  Email:

The University also has policies relating to Research Misconduct and Whistle Blowing which are available online at 

If you require any further information regarding the General Data Protection Regulations, please see:


Informed Consent Section

The purpose and details of this study have been explained to me. 

I understand that this study is designed to further scientific knowledge and that all procedures have received a favourable decision from the Loughborough University Ethics Review Sub-Committee.

I have read and understood the information sheet and this consent form. 

I have had an opportunity to ask questions about my participation.

I understand that the personal information that will be collected will be details of my gender, age, name, and contact details.

I understand that I am under no obligation to take part in the study and can withdraw during the survey by closing the browser but will not be able to withdraw once my responses have been submitted.

I understand that all the personal information I provide will be processed in accordance with data protection legislation on the public task basis and will be treated in strict confidence unless (under the statutory obligations of the agencies which the researchers are working with), it is judged that confidentiality will have to be breached for the safety of the participant or others or for audit by regulatory authorities.

I understand that from the information I provide I will not be identifiable in any report, presentation, or publication.

I understand that personal information collected about me that can identify me, such as my name or contact details, will not be shared beyond the study team.

I agree that the information I provide can be quoted anonymously in research outputs.

1.1. Informed Consent