Expressing Well-Being Online: Towards Self-Reflection and Social Awareness

André, Paul, schraefel, m.c., Dix, Alan and White, Ryen W. (2011) Expressing Well-Being Online: Towards Self-Reflection and Social Awareness. In, iConference 2011


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Medicine, psychology and quality of life literature all point to the importance of not just asking ‘how are you?’, but assessing and being aware of self and others’ well-being. Social networking has been shown to have a variety of uses and benefits, but does not currently offer explicit expression of a well-being state. We developed and deployed Healthii, a social networking tool to convey well-being using a set of pre-defined discrete categories. We sought to understand how communicating this in a lightweight fashion may be used and valued. Using a hybrid methodology, over five weeks ten participants used the tool on Facebook, Twitter, or on the desktop, and in group meetings discussed the affect and effect of the tool, before a final individual survey. The trial showed that participants used and valued status expression for its support to convey state, and for self-reflection and group awareness. We discuss these findings as well as future opportunities for awareness visualization and automatic data integration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Well-being, self-reflection, group awareness, experience, social networking, mixed methods
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 271720
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 February 2011Published
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2010 18:32
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:19
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