What people talk about when they talk about quitting

Wadley, Greg, Smith, Wally, Ploderer, Bernd, Pearce, Jon, Webber, Sarah, Whooley, Mark, & Borland, Ron (2014) What people talk about when they talk about quitting. In 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures - the Future of Design (OZCHI ’14), December 2-5, 2014, Sydney, N.S.W.

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As part of an ongoing project to explore the design of behaviour-change technology for smoking cessation, we analysed a successful community who come together on the popular Reddit website to discuss quitting and to encourage each other's quit attempts. We found that users remain anonymous but identify according to their quit stage. We examined the form and content of posts, finding that narratives about people and events are more common than other rhetorical forms. Many speak of ongoing struggles with quit attempts. Our analysis reveals forms of sociality spontaneously enacted in a self-managed community of quitters. We compare our results with earlier work on social media and behaviour change.

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ID Code: 93524
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: online communities, behaviour change, smoking cessation, Reddit, social support
DOI: 10.1145/2686612.2686671
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 04:07
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 04:39

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