Information is no good unless people can access and use it. Not knowing how to use technology keeps people from useful health information. A lack of “technology literacy” can make it hard for people to find and follow reputable health advice online, use and make sense of connected devices, and even interact with their providers when there are tech systems involved. How can we address tech literacy to make these health resources truly available to people? Continue reading Jumping the Technology Literacy Hurdle
If you’re building an online health behavior change program, how can you help motivate people to actually change their behavior offline? A newly published study suggests that one answer might lie in a design element: Allowing people to customize an avatar. In one study, people’s creation of a custom avatar as part of an online health program influenced their intention to exercise and their choice of a health behavior-related voucher. Continue reading Can Personalized Avatars Unlock Good Health Intentions?