Ongoing

Developers, tech industries, and researchers are designing and creating apps for achieving "digital wellbeing" with smartphone. Through usage statistics, timers, and automatic blockers, users can take advantage of such Digital-Self Control Tools (DSCT) to self-regulate their smartphone behavior. However, people typically use more than one type of device, e.g., tablets and PCs, and use them in a concurrent way, thus motivating the need of exploring digital wellbeing in a multi-device setting.

The thesis aims at defining and evaluating self-control strategies suitable for multi-device contexts. Understanding how to design multi-device DSCT, in particular, may allow users to enhance their digital wellbeing, not only with their smartphone, but with different devices in different places, contexts, and goals. 

In details, a the work plan for the thesis includes:

  1. to define, in a rigorous way and through a literature analysis, which self-control strategies can be adopted in a multi-device setting. Understanding which devices should be especially considered in such a multi-device setting is an important part of the definition.
  2. to develop some software tools to implement some of the defined self-control strategies in a few dedicated multi-device settings. This may entail the detection and collection of multi-device digital habits, as well as the proposal of possible tools and methods for end-users able to mitigate or avoid the most "negative" habits. 
  3. to evaluate the developed tools with an in-the-wild user study, if possible.

Candidate

Elia Bravo
elia.bravo@studenti.polito.it

Thesis Details

Luigi De Russis, Alberto Monge Roffarello
Master Degree in Computer Engineering
2019-12-02