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Social Media and Behaviour Change Domestic Energy and other Case Studies


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Northern User Experience November 2011 presentation on social media and behaviour change

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Social Media and Behaviour Change Domestic Energy and other Case Studies

  1. 1. * Derek Foster PhD Researcher @derekfoster
  2. 2. ** Technology-Enabled Feedback * - Displaying timely, relevant feedback giving contextual information for current task, activity or monitoring* Social Norms * - Utilising peer-pressure, influence and social competiveness to bring about behaviour change* By combining the above we can target individual behaviours to change from physical fitness to sustainable practices, using online social networks (OSN’s)
  3. 3. *The idea that people can be ‘nudged’ and influenced to makebetter health and lifestyle choices has recently beenpopularised by the likes of Thaler & Sunstein, Shirky, and Fogg.
  4. 4. **Case Study 1 – Wattsup, domestic energy*Case Study 2 – Power Ballads, domestic energy*Case Study 3 – Step Matron, physical activity*Summary of completed work*Current research – Electro- Magnates, organisational energy
  5. 5. ** Social norm example using energy consumption
  6. 6. ** Two unique domestic energy studies delivering socially- mediated live energy feedback inside a Facebook application
  7. 7. ** UK domestic energy accounts for approx 30% of total energy expenditure in 2008* 30% Increase since the 1970’s* 19% Increase since 1990* Only 1.9% of domestic energy consumed is from renewable resources* UK goal of 34% carbon reduction by 2020* Peak Oil* Soaring Costs* Climate change* Sources: DECC Statistics 2008, IPCC 2007
  8. 8. * •Intangible •Invisible •Colourless •Odourless•Negative effects are temporal
  9. 9. * • Basic presentation of energy data • Limited interaction • Closed systems with no social data sharing • Limited online applications • Bound to proprietary software
  10. 10. ** Recruited 8 households* 18 day ‘within subjects’ study to measure energy usage in two conditions* Social condition: participants could view their own and comment upon others’ energy usage* Non social condition: participants could view only their own energy usage* Research question:* Can the use of social media motivate reductions in energy usage?
  11. 11. *Wattsup Demo Video:
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  14. 14. * Participant Energy Consumed 250 200 Total Kilowatts 150 100 50 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Social Condition 51.3 16.5 193.1 151.1 41.3 60.3 92 45Non-Social Condition 53.7 43 214.8 173.1 77.4 61.3 82 75
  15. 15. ** Results* 7 out of 8 households reduced their energy consumption when in the social condition* 130KwH of energy saved – equivalent to Co2 emissions of driving a small car for 399 Km* If sustained for 6 months would result in reductions of 2600KwH
  16. 16. ** Utility company Opower commercialising ‘social energy’ “OPOWER, a company that uses game mechanics to encourage people to use less energy in their homes, is working with Facebook and the Natural Resources Defense Council to create an app that will let people share data about how much -- or little -- electricity theyre using at home”
  17. 17. ** Existing persuasive technologies aim to motivate behaviour change primarily through presenting positive feedback when the desired behaviour is observed.* Literature in the field specifically recommends that we only reward good behaviour via positive feedback and that users disengage when aversive feedback is presented.* 8 Households recruited for 4 week study* Research Question:* Could aversive feedback linked to home energy monitor data and online social media successfully engage users?
  18. 18. ** Aversive feedback is used to playfully punish a user if they are consuming more energy over the last 24 hours to the previous 24 hours.* A Facebook newsfeed post is published to the users wall where it is viewable by their friends.* The aversive content contains a message that the user is consuming more energy and listening to undesirable music. This can embarrass or shame a user in a playful manner.
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  21. 21. ** Results* Findings indicate aversive stimuli may be useful in delivering engaging energy feedback.* 50 aversive newsfeed posts published.* 57 user-generated comments posted.* 30% of all visits to the application resulted in a punishment with the remaining 70% of visits bringing about an energy saving notification.
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  23. 23. ** Modern lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary - only 11.6% of UK adults are classed as physically active.* Physical exercise has been shown to improve health conditions such as heart disease and depression.* Figures suggest that UK workers spend up to 60% of their waking hours at work.* There is scope to utilise some of this non-social time to encourage more physical activity.* Sources: Department of Health 2008, ONS 2009, Peersman et al 1998
  24. 24. ** Recruited 10 registered nurses from same ward* 21 day ‘within subjects’ study to measure physical activity in two conditions* Given pedometer to record step activity during work hours* Social condition: participants could view their own and comment upon others’ physical activity* Non social condition: participants could view only their own physical activity* Research question:* Can the use of social media motivate an increase in physical activity?
  25. 25. *Stepmatron user steps input interface Comments board for rankings interface
  26. 26. * Results* 9/10 participants walked more steps in the social condition than in the non-social condition, with mean step ratings of 42004.4 and 38132.1 for social and non-social conditions respectively.* Wilcoxon test significance (Z= -2.5, N=10, p=0.013).
  27. 27. ** Using Social Media:* WATTSUP - successfully reduced domestic energy usage* POWER BALLADS - suggested aversive feedback does not necessarily lead to disengagement with energy feedback* STEPMATRON - successfully increased physical activity* More longitudinal studies required!
  28. 28. * *Wattsup:* *Power Ballads: *Stepmatron:
  29. 29. highlights that people can have a significant impact onconsumption at work, as well as in their own personalenvironments. Figure 1 Campusin 2010 Closed for snow electricity usage December 2009/10 The weekendDespite environmental concerns now playing an establishedrole in the public sector, as well as the corporate and
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  31. 31. **A brainstorming session where you – as groups – will devise (on paper) some energy visualisation designs for a given theme and target user group.*The designs should work towards making energy consumption easier to understand with a view for reductions.*You will work in groups of 5 or 6. Each group will be assigned a number and receive a random user group.*You then have 20 minutes to devise your visualisation (make sure it has a name!) and to devise your elevator pitch for the prize(s).*We will then sit through your 1 minute elevator pitches.*We will then ALL vote for the winner.
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  34. 34. *Group Theme Target User Group University Students2 Household Older Adults4 Organisation Employees1 University Academics Organisation Management3 Organisation Administration Household Teenagers
  35. 35. * Group Title 1 Tune in turn off 2 Just in case 3 Power Rangers 4 Appliance Alliance 5 6 7 8
  36. 36. *Group Title1st Place Power Rangers2nd Place Appliance Alliance