Proceedings of ICT for Sustainability 2016

Household routines: identifying contextual cues for energy related activities

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Mary Barreto
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Mary Barreto
Available Online August 2016.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/ict4s-16.2016.31How to use a DOI?
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Home routines, energy, and contextual cues
Abstract
Technology has become embedded in how people conduct their daily lives within their home space [1]. A number of studies suggest changing context cues, which trigger existing or habitual behaviors [2] [3]. People's habits have been studied for a long time in terms of health, work productivity and sustainability [3] [4] [5]. A closer look to habits suggests these contain important elements for analyzing repetitive routines [3] [2] [6] . According to [7] habits are a complex structure that work in the format of a loop composed by cues, routines and rewards. Cues trigger routines, a group or a set of behaviors, people engage in to achieve particular rewards. As a consequence, people develop some kind of craving associated to these, therefore becoming a repetitive behavior and ultimately,a habit. The challenge to intervene in such loop is the fact that cues are difficult to read within the diversity of aspects behaviors are emerged in. If practices are more of a response to routines [2] [8] [9] [10] rather than saving and being ecofriendly, in order to modify behaviors, interventions and smart systems would need to be designed specifically to target habits. More specifically,being routines part of behaviors and prompted by contextual cues, these could further inform how behaviors work. In this case, uncover the rewards behind the repetitive consumption behaviors. Inspired by the habit loop structure [7], this work aims to identify contextual cues that trigger household routines or behaviors
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ICT for Sustainability 2016
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Advances in Computer Science Research
Publication Date
August 2016
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978-94-6252-224-4
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2352-538X
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