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Design Frictions for Mindful Interactions: The Case for Microboundaries

Cox, Anna L.; Gould, Sandy J.J.; Cecchinato, Marta E.; Iacovides, Ioanna and Renfree, Ian (2016). Design Frictions for Mindful Interactions: The Case for Microboundaries. In: CHI'16 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA '16, ACM, pp. 1389–1397.

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Design frictions, a term found in popular media articles about user experience design, refer to points of difficulty occurring during interaction with technology. Such articles often argue that these frictions should be removed from interaction flows in order to reduce the risk of user frustration and disengagement. In this paper we argue that, in many scenarios, designing friction into interactions through the introduction of microboundaries, can, in fact, have positive effects. Design frictions can disrupt "mindless" automatic interactions, prompting moments of reflection and more "mindful" interaction. The potential advantages of intentionally introduced frictions are numerous: from reducing the likelihood of errors in data-entry tasks, to supporting health-behaviour change.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 ACM
ISBN: 1-4503-4082-2, 978-1-4503-4082-3
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Keywords: Design frictions; microboundaries; lockouts; wellbeing; slow technology
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 47011
Depositing User: Ioanna Iacovides
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 11:51
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:22
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