Long-Term Goals or Immediate Desires? Introducing a Toolset for Designing with Self-Control Dilemmas

Deger Ozkaramanli*, Elif Özcan, Pieter Desmet

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Abstract

This paper suggests that designers can frame user behaviour in terms of the conflicts between long-term goals and immediate desires (i.e. self-control dilemmas), and address these conflicts by facilitating the pursuit of long-term goals. A phenomenological study provided an understanding of self-control dilemmas and the strategies people use to deal with these dilemmas. Based on this understanding, this paper proposes a framework for analysing self-control dilemmas and three supporting design strategies. The framework can act as an analysis tool when distinguishing between long-term goals and immediate desires, and the design strategies can facilitate generation of ideas that can address self-control dilemmas. Understanding these human principles offers novel opportunities for products, services, or policies that contribute to subjective well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-238
Number of pages20
JournalDesign Journal
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Design tools
  • Self-control dilemma
  • Subjective well-being
  • User behaviour
  • User-centred design

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