Online Peer Groups as a Persuasive Tool to Combat Digital Addiction.

Alrobai, A., McAlaney, J., Phalp, K. T. and Ali, R., 2016. Online Peer Groups as a Persuasive Tool to Combat Digital Addiction. In: The 11th International Conference on Persuasive Technology. PERSUASIVE 2016 (PT-16)., 5-7 April 2016, Salzburg, Austria.

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DOI: 10.1007%2F978-3-319-31510-2_25


Digital Addiction (DA) denotes a problematic usage of digital devices characterised by properties such as being compulsive, impulsive, excessive and hasty. DA is associated with negative behaviours such as anxiety and depression. “Digital Detox” programs have started to appear and are mainly based on a relatively expensive and heavyweight in-patient care utilising traditional solutions such as motivational interviews and cognitive behavioural therapies. For moderate addiction, persuasive technology could have potential, as a brief intervention, to assist users to regulate their usage. This paper explores the design of online peer groups as a persuasive technique that puts together people who share a common interest in combating their DA or in helping others to do so. We conducted empirical research to explore design aspects of this mechanism. The results raise a range of questions and challenges to address when developing such a technique for the behaviour change needed against DA.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital Addiction, Digital Health Persuasion, Online Peer Groups
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:23575
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:16 May 2016 13:33
Last Modified:16 May 2016 13:42


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