Journal Article


Alan F. Smeaton
Nazlena Mohamad Ali
Hazwani Mohd Mohadis


Computer Science

social support older workers physical activity application design requirements persuasive system design behaviour change support system interactive computer systems computer software

Designing a persuasive physical activity application for older workers: understanding end-user perceptions (2016)

Abstract Among the factors known to encourage healthy ageing is routine physical activity, a behaviour that is not common among the older age group. A Persuasive System Design (PSD) model offers guidelines for designing and evaluating systems aimed at reinforcing, changing or shaping underlying human behaviour and attitudes. The objective of this study was to investigate the perceptions of older workers towards persuasive principles of PSD that was integrated into an application specifically designed to encourage physical activity. Ten older workers aged 50 to 64 years with different physical activity levels participated in this study. Using a think-aloud technique, the participants interacted with a physical activity application whilst verbally expressing their perceptions towards the persuasive elements. The results indicated that the older worker participants had positive views towards persuasive design principles that fell under the categories of primary task, dialogue support and credibility support. However, the persuasive principle of the social support category received contradictory views. Further, it was discovered that the personalization of persuasive principles, the credibility of tailored contents and the establishment of a sense of similarity are imperative in the designing of effective persuasive physical activity applications targeting older workers.
Collections Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Engineering and Computing: School of Computing
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Interactive computer systems
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Publication Type = Article
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Computer software
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres: INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres

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Alan F. Smeaton, Nazlena Mohamad Ali, Hazwani Mohd Mohadis

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