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Table 4 Cluster description by use of nutrition app functionalities (N = 761)

From: The multi-faceted usage patterns of nutrition apps: a survey on the appropriation of nutrition apps among German-speaking users of MyFitnessPal

  The Health-conscious
(n = 221)
The Supported
(n = 190)
The Socializer
(n = 103)
The Indifferent
(n = 222)
F-value
Nutrition diary 4.84a 4.81a 4.77a 4.54b 7.2***
Barcode scanner 4.04a 3.97a 3.90ab 3.69b 3.6*
Display recently used foods 4.49a 4.41a 4.43a 4.16b 6.0***
Visual display of own progress 3.91a 3.78a 3.85a 3.52b 4.7**
Edit personal profile 2.23a 2.18a 2.74b 1.93c 14.1***
Set or change nutritional goals 3.14a 2.99ab 3.40c 2.81b 6.5***
Analysis of calorie intake 4.38a 3.96b 4.02b 3.88b 9.0***
Reminder signal 2.41ab 2.59ab 2.75a 2.21b 3.0*
Step counter 3.64 3.61 3.51 3.77 0.4
Network with friends 1.82ac 2.03a 3.16b 1.58c 27.9***
Messages 1.84a 1.86a 2.46b 1.53c 10.8***
Connect with other devices 3.88 3.86 3.98 3.63 1.3
Edit privacy setting 2.77ab 2.70ab 2.99a 2.44b 3.8*
Edit own foods or meals 3.17a 3.14a 3.37a 2.82b 4.5**
Push messages 2.31a 2.11a 2.85b 2.00a 7.9***
Help pages 1.65ab 1.59ab 1.79a 1.45b 2.7*
  1. Values measured on a 5-point Likert-type scale from 1 ‘never’ to 5 ‘very often’; *p < .05, **p < 0.01, ***p < 0.001, means marked by different characters differ significantly
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