Quitty: Using technology to persuade smokers to quit

Paay, Jeni, Kjeldskov, Jesper, Brinthaparan, Umachanger, Lichon, Lars, Rasmussen, Stephan, Srikandaraja, Nirojan, Smith, Wally, Wadley, Greg, & Ploderer, Bernd (2014) Quitty: Using technology to persuade smokers to quit. In 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational, October 26-30, 2014, Helsinki, Finland.

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Abstract

Health is an important topic in HCI research with an increasing amount of health risks surrounding individuals and society at large. It is well known that smoking cigarettes can have serious health implications. The importance of this problem motivates investigation into the use of technology to encourage behavior change. Our study was designed to gather empirical knowledge about the role a "quitting app" can play in persuading people to quit smoking. Our purpose-built app Quitty introduces different content types from different content sources to study how they are perceived and motivate health behavior change. Findings from our field study show that tailored content and push-messages are considered the most important for persuading people to stop smoking. Based on our empirical findings, we propose six guidelines on how to design mobile applications to persuade smokers to quit.

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ID Code: 93521
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: behaviour change, smoking cessation
DOI: 10.1145/2639189.2639195
ISBN: 9781450325424
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2016 22:42
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2016 04:22

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