In this paper we investigate how autonomy, animism and presence of interactive products in daily life can positively influence people to change their behavior. Three interactive products were reviewed and compared on each of these three concepts. Based on this comparison we propose that a product's autonomy is a prerequisite to initiate behavior change when people are unwilling or unable to act, or are unware that action is possible, while animism creates a sense of social engagement between user and product. Presence refers to the availability and readiness of a product to engage people on a daily basis. We conclude with discussing the potentiality of these concepts in developing an integrated design strategy for behavior change.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventDIS'17 The 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017


ConferenceDIS'17 The 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
CountryUnited Kingdom

    Research areas

  • Affective computing, Behavior change, Interaction design, Stress management

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