6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Exploring Goal-setting, Rewards, Self-monitoring, and Sharing to Motivate Physical Activity

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.248691,
        author={Sean Munson and Sunny Consolvo},
        title={Exploring Goal-setting, Rewards, Self-monitoring, and Sharing to Motivate Physical Activity},
        proceedings={6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={7},
        keywords={exercise mobile applications goal-setting reminders; rewards; sharing social networks persuasive technology},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.248691}
    }
    
  • Sean Munson
    Sunny Consolvo
    Year: 2012
    Exploring Goal-setting, Rewards, Self-monitoring, and Sharing to Motivate Physical Activity
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.248691
Sean Munson1,*, Sunny Consolvo2
  • 1: School of Information, University of Michigan
  • 2: Human Centered Design & Engineering, The Information School, University of Washington
*Contact email: samunson@umich.edu

Abstract

Many people have turned to technological tools to help them be physically active. To better understand how goal-setting, rewards, self-monitoring, and sharing can encourage physical activity, we designed a mobile phone application and deployed it in a four-week field study (n=23). Participants found it beneficial to have secondary and primary weekly goals and to receive non-judgmental reminders. However, participants had problems with some features that are commonly used in practice and suggested in the literature. For example, trophies and ribbons failed to motivate most participants, which raises questions about how such rewards should be designed. A feature to post updates to a subset of their Facebook NewsFeed created some benefits, but barriers remained for most participants.