Analysis of happiness related qualities of mobile physical activity applications

Işık, Hande
Due to the increase in the number of people choosing sedentary lifestyle, there are efforts to encourage people to be physically active. In that regard, persuasive technology is found to be a promising tool for changing and maintaining physical activity behavior. Owing to advantages such as ubiquity and connectivity, mobile phones are considered to be beneficial for establishing a platform for persuasive technology. Despite the growing number of interventions realized through the creation of persuasive mobile applications, people encounter difficulties in sustaining motivations for physical activity. Although persuasion in context of increasing physical activity has been studied a lot, the literature on mobile applications, which intend to change behavior to be physically active, lacks a study about the qualities of smart mobile applications engaging users through the enhancement of subjective well-being. This thesis explores the qualities of mobile physical activity applications that are associated with happiness, by answering the questions around users' subjective well-being needs and perceptions. The results of literature review together with the qualitative analysis gathered by semi-structured interviews and diary data of 20 people are aimed at presenting product design framework for designers on creating positive user experience that enhance happiness by engaging users with applications to sustain physical activity behavior.


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Citation Formats
H. Işık, “Analysis of happiness related qualities of mobile physical activity applications,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.