The Role of Three Forms of Self-Efficacy in Improving Longitudinal Health Performance: Designing a Quantified-Self 2.0 Health Community with a Motivational Affordance Perspective

Journal of the Association for Information Systems Theory Development Workshop at the International Conference on Systems Sciences (ICIS 2015), Fort Worth, TX, December 13–18

38 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2016

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Jun Zhang

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Information Systems

Paul Benjamin Lowry

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Pamplin College of Business

Date Written: December 12, 2015

Abstract

With the rapid development of wearable technologies, nowadays people can easily track and record their health-related information, such as athletic performance and vital signs. The quantified-self 2.0 movement encourages wearable device users to share their health information with other online community members to ensure the sustainable use of wearable technologies and the maintenance of health behavior. However, the health literature claims that health behavior maintenance is difficult because it is easy for people to give up on the health behavior during the maintenance stage, considering the unforeseen barriers and temptations that may occur in the long term. Drawing upon a motivational affordance perspective and the theory of health action process approach (HAPA), this theoretical essay provides design principles for quantified-self 2.0 platforms, with the purpose to increase users’ longitudinal health performance. Additionally, we propose a conceptual model explaining the underlying mechanism in terms of how these affordance design principles serve as the sources of three specific kinds of self-efficacy in this context (i.e., pre-action, maintenance, and recovery self-efficacy), which play crucial roles in health behavior maintenance.

Keywords: wearable device, quantified-self 2.0 platforms, health behavior maintenance, motivational affordance, self-efficacy

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Jun and Lowry, Paul Benjamin, The Role of Three Forms of Self-Efficacy in Improving Longitudinal Health Performance: Designing a Quantified-Self 2.0 Health Community with a Motivational Affordance Perspective (December 12, 2015). Journal of the Association for Information Systems Theory Development Workshop at the International Conference on Systems Sciences (ICIS 2015), Fort Worth, TX, December 13–18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2861386

Jun Zhang

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Information Systems ( email )

83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong

Paul Benjamin Lowry (Contact Author)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Pamplin College of Business ( email )

1016 Pamplin Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

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