Leisure and work, good and bad: The role of activity domain and valence in modeling user experience

A. N. Tuch, Paul Van Schaik, Kasper Hornbæk

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Recent research suggests that psychological needs such as competence and relatedness are involved in users’ experience with technology and are related to the perception of a product’s hedonic and pragmatic quality. This line of research, however, predominately focuses on positive leisure experiences and it is unclear whether need fulfillment plays a similar role in negative experiences or in other activity domains such as work. Therefore, this study investigates need fulfillment in positive and negative experiences, and in work and leisure experiences in two separate studies by analyzing almost 600 users’ experiences with technology along with ratings on need fulfillment, affect, and perceived product quality. Results suggest that work and leisure experiences as well as positive and negative experiences differ in terms of need fulfillment. Hence, both activity domain and valence of experiences are important factors that should be taken in account when modeling user experience.
Original languageEnglish
Article number35
Number of pages32
JournalACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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Author can archive post-print. For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1073-0516/ [accessed 14/09/16] © ACM, 2016. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Association for Computing Machinery, {VOL23, ISS6, (Dec 2016)} http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2994147


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