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Digital Wellbeing: Evaluating Mandala Coloring Apps

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Publication date4/05/2019
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Event2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4/05/20199/05/2019


Conference2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI '19
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Over the last decade there has been a significant growth of consumer products to support and promote both physical and mental wellbeing. The most common approach consists of smartphone applications that can be easily adopted in daily life interactions. Generally, these apps translate traditional approaches for wellbeing into the digital realm, yet many times overlooking the importance of tailored design for wellbeing. We explore this translation from physical to digital by using the example of mandala coloring, a historic practice used as an instrument for mental wellbeing. In this position paper, we discuss the concept of digital wellbeing drawing from our findings from an auto-ethnographic and heuristic evaluation of the 14 best rated iOS apps for mandala coloring in the UK. We believe that future digital experiences should be designed with the aim of enhancing human potential, hence we consider key features for positive interactions that lead to digital wellbeing.