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Computers 2018, 7(1), 2; https://doi.org/10.3390/computers7010002

Promises and Pitfalls of Computer-Supported Mindfulness: Exploring a Situated Mobile Approach

Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, New York, NY 10023, USA
Received: 1 November 2017 / Revised: 19 December 2017 / Accepted: 21 December 2017 / Published: 22 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantified Self and Personal Informatics)
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Abstract

Computer-supported mindfulness (CSM) is a burgeoning area filled with varied approaches such as mobile apps and EEG headbands. However, many of the approaches focus on providing meditation guidance. The ubiquity of mobile devices may provide new opportunities to support mindfulness practices that are more situated in everyday life. In this paper, a new situated mindfulness approach is explored through a specific mobile app design. Through an experimental design, the approach is compared to traditional audio-based mindfulness meditation, and a mind wandering control, over a one-week period. The study demonstrates the viability for a situated mobile mindfulness approach to induce mindfulness states. However, phenomenological aspects of the situated mobile approach suggest both promises and pitfalls for computer-supported mindfulness using a situated approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: computer-supported mindfulness; mobile mindfulness; meditation; curiosity; decentering computer-supported mindfulness; mobile mindfulness; meditation; curiosity; decentering
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