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Designing the environment for a healthy lifestyle: reflection or change?

Barneveld, Shifra Abrahanna (2020) Designing the environment for a healthy lifestyle: reflection or change?

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Abstract:This study investigates how calm and persuasive technology can be used to create a device that motivates reflection on sedentary behaviour in an at-home working environment. The device consists of three flowers with each flower representing 20 minutes. One flower closes every 20 minutes until 60 minutes have passed and all the flowers are closed, after which they will all reopen and repeat this process. Design concepts were created and tested through an online survey, a lo-fi prototype user-test was done, and a high-fi prototype user-test was performed with a thematic analysis used to evaluate the results. The analysis showed that the device was effective in making the users reflect on how much time had passed, however they did not necessarily link this to their sedentary behaviour or think about changing it. They did find the device to be calm and in the background throughout the 20-minute intervals. Half of the users would be shocked every time a flower closed because of the sudden movement, whilst the other half would at times not even notice the flower had closed. To conclude, the device motivated reflection and increased awareness of passing time, but it did not make the users evaluate the option of changing their sedentary behaviour.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:02 science and culture in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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