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30 March 2011

How the internet makes you eat

A new study is one of the first to analyse how new-media technology, including the Internet and smartphones, are changing students' eating habits and their relationship to food.

A new study by the Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the first to analyse how new-media technology, including the Internet and smartphones, is changing college students' eating habits and their relationship with food. Findings indicate that individuals are more likely to have meals while sitting at the computer than at the kitchen table, and that they use social media as the main avenue to obtain recipe and nutritional information.

Varno conducted an extensive survey of college students at RIT, which assessed how meals were prepared and eaten, how students interacted with others during meals and how they obtained information about nutrition, potential food choices and recipes. It also assessed the importance of meals in students' social lives.

 
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