Designing a mobile persuasive application to encourage reduction of users’ exposure to cell phone RF emissions
Authors:Burigat S., Chittaro L.
Published in:Proceedings of PERSUASIVE 2014: 9th International Conference on Persuasive Technologies, LNCS 8462, Springer, Berlin, May 2014, pp. 13-24.
Abstract:The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic emissions of cell phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans and suggests the use of hands-free devices such as earphones to reduce direct exposure of the brain to such emissions. In this paper, we present the design of a mobile application that exploits persuasive principles to encourage the use of earphones during cell phone calls. We propose different notifications and visualizations aimed at informing the user about her behavior with respect to earphone use and discuss the results of a user study that was aimed at investigating aspects such as understandability, emotional impact, and perceived usefulness of the proposed solutions. Results of the study are used to inform the design of the application. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first investigation of persuasive technologies applied to the reduction of user’s exposure to cell phone RF emissions.