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Understanding engagement with health-apps : an evaluation of user experiences with the long-term usage of health-apps and wearables

Keseberg, M. (2018) Understanding engagement with health-apps : an evaluation of user experiences with the long-term usage of health-apps and wearables.

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Abstract:Nowadays, combining health-apps with wearables is a popular way to monitor the own behavior. Hereby, the concept of engagement is important to address, because engagement is related to an effective usage of those devices. In order to find out which factors make people feel engaged with health-apps, and whether wearables can offer an additional value to the long-term usage of those apps, an interview study was done. Therefore five participants were interviewed. A semi-structured interview scheme was used about factors that were perceived to have an influence on the engagement with those devices. The results showed that there were personal factors that made people feel engaged, e.g. intrinsic motivation, but also technological factors, e.g. reminders. There were also factors found, which were perceived as disengaging, e.g. a lack of trustworthiness. Finally, it was found that wearables can help to feel more engaged with health-apps, as they make the usage more accurate and effortless. So, the concept of engagement is important to consider in order to enhance the effectiveness of an health intervention.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75814
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