Go and grow: Mapping personal data to a living plant

Botros, F., Perin, C., Aseniero, B.A. & Carpendale, S. (2016). Go and grow: Mapping personal data to a living plant. In: AVI '16 Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces. (pp. 112-119). New York, NY, United States: ACM. ISBN 978-1-4503-4131-8

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Abstract

Motivation is a key factor for introducing and maintaining healthy changes in behaviour. However, typical visualization methods (e.g., bar-, pie-, and line charts) hardly motivate individuals. We investigate how a plant - a living visualization - whose health relies on the plant owner's level of activity, can engage people in tracking and self-reflecting on their fitness data. To address this question, we designed, implemented, and studied Go & Grow, a living plant that receives water proportionally to its owner's activity. Our six-week qualitative study with ten participants suggests that living visualizations have qualities that their digital counterparts do not have. This includes people feeling: Emotionally connected to their plant; sentiments such as pride and guilt; and responsibility towards their plant. Based on this study, we introduce the Goal Motivation Model, a model considering the diversity of individuals, thus supporting and encouraging a diversity of strategies for accomplishing goals.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fitness, Living Visualization, Personal Visualization, Plant
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: School of Informatics > Department of Computing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16711

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