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Journeyfy: An Android-Based Mobile Application Utilizing Persuasive Technology for Assisting in Vice Cessation

Mary Jane C. Samonte, Dan Christopher B. Fandiño, Angelo Luisse S. Gonzales, and Luis Angelo R. Pono
School of Information Technology, Mapua University, Makati City, Philippines

Abstract—This study explores the untapped potential of persuasive technology and its effectiveness in cessation by implementing persuasion or motivational techniques. Incorporated extrinsic and intrinsic methods help users improve their chances of cessation by providing a tangible means to measure their progress while being constantly encouraged by the application. The purpose of the application, Journeyfy, is to be a companion app partnered with guided therapy from a professional. The study aims to measure the effectiveness of the application as well as its usability. This study uses qualitative and quantitative methods, particularly a descriptive and experimental method for the quantitative approach and thematic analysis for the qualitative approach. The findings are positive; Journeyfy application received an excellent rating and an average of 0.68 standard deviations on its usability testing. The study received good usability feedback from the participants and the partnered psychometrician. The Journeyfy application exhibited that persuasive technology positively affects the design of a vice cessation assistant application and achieves the desired result of the objectives and, therefore, is a functional application that satisfies the needs of the researchers.
 
Index Terms—persuasive technology, mobile application, android, vice cessation, psychology, journal entry

Cite: Mary Jane C. Samonte, Dan Christopher B. Fandiño, Angelo Luisse S. Gonzales, and Luis Angelo R. Pono, "Journeyfy: An Android-Based Mobile Application Utilizing Persuasive Technology for Assisting in Vice Cessation," Journal of Advances in Information Technology, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 53-60, February 2022. doi: 10.12720/jait.13.1.53-60

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