Sticky Goals: Understanding Goal Commitments for Behavioral Changes in the Wild


A commitment device, an attempt to bind oneself for a successful goal achievement, has been used as an effective strategy to promote behavior change. However, little is known about how commitment devices are used in the wild, and what aspects of commitment devices are related to goal achievements. In this paper, we explore a large-scale dataset from stickK, an online behavior change support system that provides both financial and social commitments. We characterize the patterns of behavior change goals (e.g., topics and commitment setting) and then perform a series of multilevel regression analyses on goal achievements. Our results reveal that successful goal achievements are largely dependent on the configuration of financial and social commitment devices, and a mixed commitment setting is considered beneficial. We discuss how our findings could inform the design of effective commitment devices, and how large-scale data can be leveraged to support data-driven goal elicitation and customization.

Hyunsoo Lee
KAIST, Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Auk Kim
Kangwon National Univeristy, Chucheon, Korea, Republic of
Hwajung Hong
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Uichin Lee
KAIST, Daejeon, Korea, Republic of




会議: CHI 2021

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (

セッション: Health & Behavior Change

[A] Paper Room 12, 2021-05-10 17:00:00~2021-05-10 19:00:00 / [B] Paper Room 12, 2021-05-11 01:00:00~2021-05-11 03:00:00 / [C] Paper Room 12, 2021-05-11 09:00:00~2021-05-11 11:00:00
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