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Designing a ubiquitous artifact for enhancing the digital wellbeing of smartphone users

Aslam, Suhaib (2020) Designing a ubiquitous artifact for enhancing the digital wellbeing of smartphone users.

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Abstract:Uncontrolled, brief smartphone revisitations are a prevalent issue. Much of typical smartphone usage is shown to consist of short, repetitive revisitation habits which can have negative consequences for mental health. Despite its prevalence, uncontrolled revisitation remains largely untapped in digital wellbeing interventions. To fill this gap, this project investigated how to support smartphone users in becoming more in control of their revisitation behaviors. To that end, it first explored how to design digital wellbeing artifacts that can help smartphone users take better control over their device usage. This led to five design principles that entailed designing for: revisitation feedback, lived experience, being reflective, being tangible and being ambient. These principles were then embedded in the “Revisitation Reflector”, a digital wellbeing artifact designed to help users become aware of and reflect on their smartphone revisitation patterns. Fully functioning prototypes of this artifact were subsequently deployed in the field to study the sensemaking associated with the device, and to study the role, design and impact of the device. A number of findings were uncovered which provide guidelines and opportunities on designing for digital wellbeing through employing the untapped metric of revisitation; and through the underexplored medium of being ambient, reflective and tangible.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 50 technical science in general, 54 computer science, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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