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Does feedback from this device change unhealthy habits?

Lessons from my PhD project

Auteur(s) Sander Hermsen
Publicatiedatum 2018
Publicatietype Conferentiebijdrage
Kenniscentrum Hogeschool Utrecht, Kenniscentrum Economisch Sterke en Creatieve Stad
Lectoraat Crossmediale Communicatie in het Publieke Domein
Samenvatting Feedback from digital technology has often been used to support people in changing undesired, unhealthy habits. As yet, there has been little research into the efficacy of these designs. In my PhD project, I evaluated the acceptance, sustained use, and effect of four designs that provide feedback on undesired habitual behaviour through digital technology. Findings are that the disruptive effect of feedback on undesired habits has been proven, and there is some evidence that feedback may have a lasting effect on behavioural change. (Sustained) use of digital designs that provide feedback is moderated by motivation, age, goal-related aspects, and user experience. The necessity of high motivation to use a device poses challenges for the acceptance of and sustained engagement with designs for behaviour change that rely on feedback. Further challenges concern privacy and the quality of the evaluations of our designs.
Trefwoorden feedback, digital devices, behaviour change, health behaviour
Taal Engels
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Gepubliceerd in Proceedings of DRS2018: Design as a catalyst for change
Jaargang/Volume 8
Paginabereik 2524-2539
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