Daily challenges for sustainable lifestyles: Design implications from a mobile intervention study

Pei Yi Kuo, Michael S. Horn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

A key challenge in the field of behavior intervention technology is to help people address habit-related issues such as depression, diet, exercise, and smoking. For these issues, theories suggest that small behavioral prompts delivered on a daily basis might be one effective way to motivate incremental shifts that accumulate into sustainable change. However, while this approach is appealing, we still know very little about how to design effective behavioral prompts that work in the context of everyday life. To fill this gap, we have developed a mobile intervention that sends people one sustainable lifestyle challenge every day. In a 20-day field trial with 139 participants, we collected logs from our mobile app, surveys, and post-study interviews. Participants completed a total of 1,921 daily challenges. In this paper, we report on participants' feelings and reactions to this daily challenge approach. This feedback suggests new design opportunities for mobile behavior interventions that use daily prompts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiComp/ISWC 2017 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages635-641
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351904
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 11 2017
Event2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, UbiComp/ISWC 2017 - Maui, United States
Duration: Sep 11 2017Sep 15 2017

Publication series

NameUbiComp/ISWC 2017 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers

Other

Other2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, UbiComp/ISWC 2017
CountryUnited States
CityMaui
Period9/11/179/15/17

Keywords

  • Behavior change
  • Daily challenge
  • Daily prompt
  • Habit formation
  • Health and wellness
  • Mobile intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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