habitbuddies-second iteration

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  • I'm glad you shifted to texting. It seems more practical.

    Have you selected a service for the texting? One of my lab members has used tatango and likes it. that may be an option.

    You're the only one in our class who is using buddies/pairs as the intervention unit. I'll be interested to see how this goes. In other settings, this has worked well.
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  • excellent concept - my only suggestion would be to recruit people quickly and learn what's working and what's not. really curious about text messaging vs. phone call vs. social media.
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habitbuddies-second iteration

  1. 1. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu habitbuddies A conceptual design by Victor Gane Benjamin Olmsted Design Challenge To: Design a system to help individuals develop the habit of applying sunscreen everyday. Time spent: 4 hours Project duration: 2 weeks
  2. 2. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu habitbuddies Persuasive Purpose Create a habit of applying sunscreen daily to help reduce UV radiation and sunburn. Industrial Design ? Prize
  3. 3. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu User Description Bikers who live off campus and want to wear sunscreen. They are aware of the dangers of living in a sun intensive climate but forget to apply sunscreen They are/have: - Professors - Graduate students - Undergraduate students - Routine mornings - Access to Email - Access to cell phones ?
  4. 4. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu Commuting to Stanford Both Mary and Joe apply sunscreen before biking to campus. In the evening, they both review their stats at habitbuddies, and notice that they are doing better than any other pair. Go them. Joe moves off campus. His daily bike commute takes 30 minutes each way. Second day of his new routine, he gets sun burned. His roommate points him to habitbuddies. Joe signs up and gets connected with Mary. She experiences the same problem. Joe texts habitbuddies, which texts Mary. She relies with a [y]. Both buddies texting activity is logged Joe and Mary enjoy the spoils of having won this months Habit Challenge. They applied sunscreen most consistently out of all buddy pairs.
  5. 5. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu Prototype of habitbuddies Daily buddy reminder text Both use sunscreen ? Prize "I'm wearing nothing but  sunscreen... are you?"
  6. 6. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu Features/Functionality <ul><ul><li>One buddy texts 'habitbuddies' when applying sunscreen.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>'habitbuddies' texts other buddy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  this buddy replies with a [y] if they apply sunscreen. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rankings are compiled from text responses (i.e. days in a row, total days applied, which buddy initiates response each day, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prize for best buddy pair </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu Theoretical Justifications <ul><li>Persuasive Strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incentive to act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>External obligation (buddy) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Competition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reward </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simplifying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creates social norm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Routine reminders </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu Results of User Testing <ul><ul><li>Amount of infrastructure disproportionate to the activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The reminder system may be effective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text message might be better than e-mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not require logging into anything </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu Shortcomings of Design <ul><ul><li>May require buddies to know each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buddies may have different schedules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ranking vulnerable to dishonesty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buddy pairs may have same ranking (prize distribution?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buddies may forget to text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not every student may have a cell phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet access limitation (travel, work outside wifi areas, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekends? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu Expansion - What else is possible? <ul><ul><ul><li>New homepage as a daily trigger </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Link to rankings </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Customized by student </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Existing message (sunscreen bottle, burned face, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Idea sharing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online repository of photos (success stories) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking groups </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subscription Service (nominal fee) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Squeeze counter (keep track of progress and see gaps) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Stanford University, Spring 2010 CS377v - Creating Health Habits habits.stanford.edu Next Steps in Design Process <ul><ul><li>Recruit participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test prototype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Iterate </li></ul></ul>

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