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Using an interactive diner table to influence eating rate in a social setting

Buntsma, Veerle (2023) Using an interactive diner table to influence eating rate in a social setting.

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Abstract:This research aimed to slow down the eating speed of young adults. Eating too fast can result in overeating, which in its turn can result in longterm mental problems and physical problems such as obesity and other ailments. Since young adults (aged 18-30) are generally less obese than the average older age groups, educating the young adult group on their eating speed while they are still healthy could help change their eating behaviour in order to stay healthy in the future. By letting the young adults dine at a Sensory Interactive Table (SIT), on which animations based on user eating speed can be shown, young adults might be motivated to decrease their eating speed. This SIT is equipped with many LEDs under its surface and loadcells of which the latter was not used for this research. In this study, the LEDs under the surface of the SIT were used to test whether colors (green is good, red is bad) and elements of gamification (using game elements outside in a nongame context) had an influence on the eating speed of 12 participating students. Students were interviewed about their experience of eating at the SIT. The answers from these interviews were analysed using ATLAS.TI and the participants were filmed during the use of the SIT to study their (social) behaviour during the experience. Results showed that most self-reported fast eaters in this research did feel encouraged to change their eating speed during their experience at the SIT. Most participants even think the animations from the SIT could change their eating behaviour in the long run given they are intrinsically motivated to do so and they are completely sure what the animations aimed to influence.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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