Design of Mobile Wellness Applications: Identifying Cross-Cultural Factors

Aino Ahtinen, Shruti Ramiah, Jan Blom, Minna Isomursu

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This paper explores the design of mobile applications for supporting wellness activities. A cross-cultural user study was conducted in India and Finland. 16 participants used a technology probe (a mobile application called Wellness Diary) for the duration of two weeks. The focus of the study was to identify design factors that need to be considered when designing culturally sensitive mobile wellness applications. The findings are based on the subjective user experience reported by the participants, data collected with the technology probe, and ideas and needs of the participants that surfaced during the study. Results show that both cultural and environmental factors affect the needs towards the wellness application and usage of it. Differences were identified, for example, in how users defined wellness, what wellness concerns they had, attitudes towards setting goals, and how built and natural environments affected wellness activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning for Habitus and Habitat, OZCHI'08
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
ISBN (Print)978-0-9803063-4-7
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event20th Australasian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Designing for Habitus and Habitat, OZCHI'08 - Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 Dec 200812 Dec 2008


Conference20th Australasian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction


  • Cross-cultural study
  • End-user study
  • Mobile application
  • User experience
  • Wellness


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