Nudging Users Towards Conscious Smartphone Use
Research Groups DAUIN - GR-10 - Intelligent and Interactive Systems - e-LITE
Thesis type EXPERIMENTAL, RESEARCH
Description Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives, offering convenience, connectivity, and access to vast amounts of information. However, the pervasive use of attention-capture designs in smartphone applications, e.g., the infinite scrolling mechanism or the massive usage of guilty pleasure recommendations, has raised concerns about their negative impact on users' well-being and attention spans.
This thesis proposal aims to investigate and develop strategies to nudge users towards more meaningful and conscious smartphone use, mitigating the adverse effects of attention-capture designs. Generally speaking, nudges are system alterations that can predictably affect users' choices without forbidding any interaction option. In this thesis, a selection of nudges for meaningful and conscious smartphone use will be designed through a literature review and an analysis of existing nudging strategies. Initial ideas of nudges that could be expanded in this thesis are floating widgets that dynamically visualize the intensity of users' scrolling behaviors or darkening the background as long as users manually refresh a newsfeed to consume more content. The selected nudges will be implemented in a mobile application, preferably for the Android operating system, and assessed through an extensive field experiment measuring quantitative and qualitative impacts on users' smartphone habits.
Deadline 25/10/2023 PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA