An Exploratory Study On The User Experience Of Mindfulness Mobile Applications

Duman S., Tanrıklulu G., Demirel B.

11th International Conference on Culture and Civilization, Mardin, Turkey, 22 - 23 February 2022, pp.154-159

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Mardin
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.154-159
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The widespread use of technology in practically every aspect of life has accompanied with the growing interest in the potential of technology to improve well-being and human flourishing through mobile applications (apps). Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages is one of the United Nation’s goals of sustainable development and mindfulness mobile apps are considered as a tool to enhance the mental health and the wellbeing of the humans. The significance of the topic requires further and deeper investigation where the user experience of mindfulness-based apps remain uncovered in the extant literature. Thus, considering the vitality of the subject and to remedy the current gap the current paper aims to reveal the determinants of user experience which in turn may lead to the intention of downloading and paying for a mindfulness-based mobile application. Holding that the topic in terms of user experience is an emerging body of literature it requires an in-depth investigation thus, the nature of the research question entails exploratory research. Data is collected via focus group studies conducted on January 2021. According to the results of the content analysis, five 3rd order themes have been revelead: the expected attributes from a mindfulness mobile application, dissatisfactory attributes of a mindfulness mobile application, motivation criteria for non-users, motivation criteria for users, and determinants of downloading a mindfulness mobile application. This study is expected to contribute to the literature which lacks exploratory studies to discover the factors that enhance the user experience regarding mindfulness-based mobile applications.