Beyond hedonic enjoyment: Conceptualizing eudaimonic motivation for personal informatics technology usage

Ayoung Suh*, Christy M K CHEUNG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Personal informatics technologies (PITs) have become popular tools that enable people to monitor and track themselves. By providing self-knowledge, PITs increase self-control, foster insight, and promote positive behavioral changes. The pursuit of knowledge about self, excellence, and self-growth is eudaimonic because it makes a person more capable and well informed. Considering the unique technological characteristics, research suggests that eudaimonic motivation should be considered in explaining PIT usage. However, despite increasing scholarly attention being paid to the eudaimonic nature of PITs, a systematic approach to developing a research construct that reflects a PIT user’s eudaimonic motivation is lacking in computer-human interaction research. To fill this gap, drawing on the theory of aesthetic experience, we propose a multi-dimensional construct of aesthetic experience to conceptualize eudaimonic motivation for PIT usage. Based on its conceptual definition, we develop the measures to capture the extent of a PIT user’s aesthetic experience and empirically examine the construct validity. Compared with widely examined antecedents of technology usage— perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and perceived enjoyment—this study shows that a PIT user’s aesthetic experience is a key determinant for intention to use. Notably, perceived enjoyment loses its predictive value in favor of aesthetic experience. Our findings suggest that the eudaimonic nature of a PIT should be considered in understanding technology usage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign, User Experience, and Usability
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning Pleasurable Experiences - 6th International Conference, DUXU 2017 Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Proceedings
EditorsAaron Marcus, Wentao Wang
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages119-133
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319586366
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event6th International Conference on Design, User Experience, and Usability, DUXU 2017, held as part of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 9 Jul 201714 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10289 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Design, User Experience, and Usability, DUXU 2017, held as part of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2017
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVancouver
Period9/07/1714/07/17

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Aesthetic experience
  • Eudaimonic motivation
  • Hedonic enjoyment
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Personal informatics technology

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