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

Expressing Well-Being Online: Towards Self-Reflection and Social Awareness
Expressing Well-Being Online: Towards Self-Reflection and Social Awareness
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.
Well-being, self-reflection, group awareness, experience, social networking, mixed methods
André, Paul
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Dix, Alan
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White, Ryen W.
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André, Paul
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Dix, Alan
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White, Ryen W.
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André, Paul, schraefel, m.c., Dix, Alan and White, Ryen W. (2011) Expressing Well-Being Online: Towards Self-Reflection and Social Awareness At iConference 2011.

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Abstract

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.

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Published date: 1 February 2011
Venue - Dates: iConference 2011, 2011-02-01
Keywords: Well-being, self-reflection, group awareness, experience, social networking, mixed methods
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 271720
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/271720
PURE UUID: 0def2303-04bb-4c2a-bcb2-840a752b2837

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Date deposited: 29 Nov 2010 18:32
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:39

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Author: Paul André
Author: m.c. schraefel
Author: Alan Dix
Author: Ryen W. White

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