Activity awareness in family-based healthy living online social networks

Stephen Kimani, Shlomo Berkovsky, Greg Smith, Jill Freyne, Nilufar Baghaei, Dipak Bhandari

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Social relationships and family involvement play an important role in health management, whereas activity awareness is useful in decision-making and stimulating motivation and action. In this paper, we propose a novel activity awareness user interface for family-oriented healthy living social networks. It is intended to increase family members' interaction with healthy living social networks. A user study showed that the activity awareness interface can add value to specific aspects of interaction with family-based healthy living social applications. The interface increased interaction with the underlying healthy living content and led to higher level of learning about healthy living and impact on specific healthy living activities. There was also significant appreciation of and interaction with the activity awareness user interface elements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th international conference on Intelligent user interfaces, IUI '10
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781605585154
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, IUI 2010 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 7 Feb 201010 Feb 2010


Conference15th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, IUI 2010
CityHong Kong


  • activity awareness
  • user interface
  • user interaction
  • online social networks
  • families
  • healthy living
  • evaluation


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