ActiveShare: sharing challenges to increase physical activities

A.T.S. Fialho, H.A.C. Heuvel, van den, Q.M. Shahab, Q. Liu, L. Li, P. Saini, J. Lacroix, P. Markopoulos

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    This paper discusses the use of social goal setting as a strategy to achieve persuasion through technology. This approach was applied in the design of ActiveShare a system developed to motivate people with sedentary lifestyles to increase their physical activity. In this system, users obtain and share their goals through challenges, which are posted on a social networking website. The paper describes the iterative design process followed, including concept tests, a focus group, and a field test with a fully functional prototype. Preliminary results are promising, although we found no significant increase on physical activity during the one week test. Suggested improvements to the design and plans for a follow up study are outlined.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th international conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems : Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 4-9, 2009, Boston, MA., U.S.A.
    Place of PublicationNew York, U.S.A.
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-247-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event27th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009 - Boston, United States
    Duration: 4 Apr 20099 Apr 2009
    Conference number: 27


    Conference27th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2009
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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