The different effects of motivational messages and monetary incentives on fostering walking behavior

Yuan Chi Tseng, Hui Yen Chang, Shih Wei Yen

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Abstract

While motivational messages and monetary incentives are all useful intervention strategies to promote people's physical activity, it remains unclear how these strategies work together to increase people’s steps/day and whether the effect will continue after the intervention period. Here, we investigate how these two interventions affect how adult office workers with sedentary jobs set their goals and achieve these daily step goals. We found that motivational messages can improve people’s walking behavior only when their behavior is first influenced by motivational messages, not through money. Although monetary incentives increase people's commitment to goals, it makes those who with low self-efficacy tend to set easier goals. Monetary incentives may have adversely affect the walking behavior of people who have low self-efficacy. These findings help to shed some lights on how to design persuasive mechanisms for mobile health and fitness applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationEngage with CHI
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 20
Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2018 Apr 212018 Apr 26

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Volume2018-April

Other

Other2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2018
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period18-04-2118-04-26

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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