eHealth 360°. International Summit on eHealth, Budapest, Hungary, June 14-16, 2016, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Exploiting Users Natural Competitiveness to Promote Physical Activity

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-49655-9_11,
        author={Matteo Ciman and Ombretta Gaggi},
        title={Exploiting Users Natural Competitiveness to Promote Physical Activity},
        proceedings={eHealth 360°. International Summit on eHealth, Budapest, Hungary, June 14-16, 2016, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={EHEALTH360},
        year={2017},
        month={1},
        keywords={Persuasive technology Serious games Mobile computing},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-49655-9_11}
    }
    
  • Matteo Ciman
    Ombretta Gaggi
    Year: 2017
    Exploiting Users Natural Competitiveness to Promote Physical Activity
    EHEALTH360
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49655-9_11
Matteo Ciman1,*, Ombretta Gaggi1,*
  • 1: University of Padua
*Contact email: Matteo.Ciman@unige.ch, gaggi@math.unipd.it

Abstract

     is a  to promote physical activity, by asking users to climb stairs, simulating the climbing of a real building. In this paper, we describe the complete redesign of the game to improve its persuasion capability, by adding collaboration and competition between users, and micro-goals to encourage the user to do not give up. Our experiments show that the game is really effective in incentivizing people in taking stairs, in particular singleplayer modes increased the average amount of stairsteps made of about 61%, while multiplayer modes of about 64%.