Design Strategies for Youth-Focused Pervasive Social Health Games

Andrew Miller, Jessica Pater, Elizabeth Mynatt
2013 Proceedings of the ICTs for improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques   unpublished
Adolescent obesity is an increasing challenge, and pervasive social health games hold much promise for promoting sustained healthy behaviors. Researchers and designers of these systems have many potential theories and existing best practices at their disposal. Our study, grounded in participatory design, shows which ones matter-both for pervasive social health games and within the cultural context of a community we studied over the course of three years. We worked with 112 US middle school
more » ... middle school students fr om a lower-income community in a series of participatory design exercises fo cused on social rewards for everyday physical activity. In our analysis, we discuss design implications in fo ur key areas: social presence, gender effects, incentives and competition. We show how these themes manifested in students' designs and why they were particularly important to our participants. We then use our findings to suggest design strategies for youth-focused pervasive social health games. Pervasive Health Games; Participatory Design; Children; HCl I.
doi:10.4108/pervasivehealth.2013.252081 fatcat:4f5w7fsosjaujcdt6kkzsdeu6m