Journal article

An Object-Centred Approach to Encourage Online Participation in the Context of Behaviour Change

B Ploderer, W Smith, J Pearce, R Borland

Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) | Springer Netherlands | Published : 2015

Abstract

© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Online groups rely on contributions from their members to flourish, but in the context of behaviour change individuals are typically reluctant to participate actively before they have changed successfully. We took inspiration from CSCW research on objects to address this problem by shifting the focus of online participation from the exchange of personal experiences to more incidental interactions mediated by objects that offer support for change. In this article we describe how we designed, deployed and studied a smartphone application that uses different objects, called distractions and tips, to facilitate social interaction amongst people ..

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