En studie i icke-påträngande notifikationer

Translated title of the thesis: Relevance! A study in non-intrusive notifications
  • Jennie Segerqvist

Student thesis: Bachelor


In the mid-1990s, the idea of Calm Technology and Ubiquitous computing was launched. The idea of a society where computers were integrated into our lives and the flow of information was as calm as a forest walk. Today, almost 30 years later, mental illness in society is increasing in an unprecedented way and users are constantly interrupted in their tasks by notifications that compete for their attention, which in turn can cause attention problems and hyperactivity. Several attempts are being made to stop the flow of information completely, in part or to communicate it in new innovative ways. With the help of concept-driven design research, I investigate through an exploratory literature review and qualitative interviews the following: How can a notification system be designed to reduce information overload and stress caused by notifications? The conclusion of the study is that it is not the notification itself that creates the feeling of stress and information overload, but the lack of knowledge of what type of notification the user is expected to receive. Through basic design choices, I propose a tool that puts the relevance of the notification to the user at the centre, a notification matrix. The purpose of the matrix is to create an awareness in the design of notifications in artifacts according to the theories of Calm Technology and Ubiquitous Computing.
Date of Award2022-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorKerstin Ådahl (Supervisor) & Mårten Pettersson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Digital design

Courses and Subjects

  • Informatics

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Information Systems (10202)


  • Calm Technology
  • notifications
  • stress
  • haptics
  • periphery
  • ubiquitous computing
  • information overload
  • social media

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