text2calmreducing stress via MMS      sean rose     spring 2011
Goals• Identify a simple stress relieving  behavior• Show that people can reduce stress  using their mobile phones with th...
Design • Chose smiling as the simple,   stress relieving behavior   • Requires minimal time, effort      and is a proven s...
Design            …thisand were instructed to respond…
Design…with this
Design• Created simple signup forms• Used primarily GChat and  Facebook to spread the form                                ...
Results• 7 of 8 who originally committed stayed  on for the full length of the pilot• 4 of those 7 participated exactly as...
Insights               Effects                                Convenience• All participants reported feeling        • All ...
Surprises           Trust/Comfort                             Enthusiasm• The one participant that               • Those w...
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for 7 days i ran a pilot to see if i could simply encourage people to smile using texting and reap the benefits–here are the results

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    1. 1. text2calmreducing stress via MMS sean rose spring 2011
    2. 2. Goals• Identify a simple stress relieving behavior• Show that people can reduce stress using their mobile phones with that behavior
    3. 3. Design • Chose smiling as the simple, stress relieving behavior • Requires minimal time, effort and is a proven stress reducer1 • Participants needed to have cameraphones in order to participate • For 7 days, they would be sent…[1] http://downloads.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2009/143853.pdf
    4. 4. Design …thisand were instructed to respond…
    5. 5. Design…with this
    6. 6. Design• Created simple signup forms• Used primarily GChat and Facebook to spread the form • Wanted to sign up 5-10 people for the pilot • Had 8 commit at the beginning of the pilot • 1 participant stopped at the first day
    7. 7. Results• 7 of 8 who originally committed stayed on for the full length of the pilot• 4 of those 7 participated exactly as instructed for the week, responding with a picture of themselves smiling
    8. 8. Insights Effects Convenience• All participants reported feeling • All of the participants had better from the exercise in smartphones, but said that they some way or another preferred using MMS to an app • Quicker• Half reported feeling happier by • Simpler smiling themselves, but the • Paid more attention to it other half reported feeling happier from receiving the initial • Participants sometimes were in smiling picture situations that they could not take pictures of themselves in, Context and either• All of the participants were • replied with text in lieu of individuals I had ongoing text photo conversations with outside of • replied with an older photo the pilot • replied later
    9. 9. Surprises Trust/Comfort Enthusiasm• The one participant that • Those who participated were dropped said they felt weird generally very prompt in sending pictures of themselves responding and appeared to be• The ones that remained said genuinely happy that it wouldn’t be the same if the pictures were of random Difficulty people smiling • Manually sending the MMS’s was somewhat tedious; an automated option would be Pre/Post Opinion more desirable• Most of the participants thought the idea was silly in the beginning; realized the benefit throughout and afterward
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