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ERF

Paper Number

1633

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Due to the increasing occurrence of IT-enabled behavioral addictions, many IS scholars have been focusing their work on strategies to mitigate smartphone overuse. Although there are many digital wellbeing apps that provide self-monitoring features, research that explores how to design such features is still scarce. Our research aims to bridge this gap by investigating the role of nudges vs boosts to aid users’ cognitive processing of self-monitoring information. We expect to contribute with a theoretical understanding of how nudges and boosts affect user’s interaction with self-monitoring smartphone usage information. We also seek to provide recommendations for the design of self-monitoring features that effectively increase users’ awareness and self-control regarding their smartphone usage behavior while preserving their freedom of choice.

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Nudging vs. boosting: designing self-monitoring features for digital wellbeing apps

Due to the increasing occurrence of IT-enabled behavioral addictions, many IS scholars have been focusing their work on strategies to mitigate smartphone overuse. Although there are many digital wellbeing apps that provide self-monitoring features, research that explores how to design such features is still scarce. Our research aims to bridge this gap by investigating the role of nudges vs boosts to aid users’ cognitive processing of self-monitoring information. We expect to contribute with a theoretical understanding of how nudges and boosts affect user’s interaction with self-monitoring smartphone usage information. We also seek to provide recommendations for the design of self-monitoring features that effectively increase users’ awareness and self-control regarding their smartphone usage behavior while preserving their freedom of choice.

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