Momentary pleasure or lasting meaning? Distinguishing eudaimonic and hedonic user experiences

Elisa D. Mekler, Kasper Hornbæk

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User experience (UX) research has expanded our notion of what makes interactive technology good, often putting hedonic aspects of use such as fun, affect, and stimulation at the center. Outside of UX, the hedonic is often contrasted to the eudaimonic, the notion of striving towards one's personal best. It remains unclear, however, what this distinction offers to UX research conceptually and empirically. We investigate a possible role for eudaimonia in UX research by empirically examining 266 reports of positive experiences with technology and analyzing its relation to established UX concepts. Compared to hedonic experiences, eudaimonic experiences were about striving towards and accomplishing personal goals through technology use. They were also characterized by increased need fulfillment, positive affect, meaning, and long-term importance. Taken together, our findings suggest that while hedonic UX is about momentary pleasures directly derived from technology use, eudaimonic UX is about meaning from need fulfilment.

OtsikkoCHI 2016 – Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 1 tammikuuta 2016
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - San Jose, Yhdysvallat
Kesto: 7 toukokuuta 201612 toukokuuta 2016
Konferenssinumero: 34


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LyhennettäACM CHI
KaupunkiSan Jose

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