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Eudaimonic User Experience

User experience (UX) research has expanded our understanding of what makes interaction good, often focusing on hedonic aspects of use such as enjoyment and positive affect. However, despite being key to well-being and being frequently discussed in Human-Computer Interaction, meaning and meaningfulness have received far less attention in UX research. Drawing upon positive psychology, we explore the notion of eudaimonia and its distinction from the hedonic as a complementary approach to studying positive UX, as well as conceptual and methodological challenges with regards to designing for and evaluating meaningful interactions with technology.


(Mekler & Hornbæk, 2016)

(Müller et al., 2015)

(Mueller, 2016)

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Conference Proceedings

  • Mekler, E. D., & Hornbæk, K. (2016). Momentary Pleasure or Lasting Meaning? Distinguishing Eudaimonic and Hedonic User Experiences. Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems., 4509–4520. Best Paper (top 1 %)
  • Müller, L. J., Mekler, E. D., & Opwis, K. (2015). Facets In HCI: Towards Understanding Eudaimonic UX – Preliminary Findings. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2283–2288.


  • Mueller, L. J. (2016). Enjoyment versus growing: Hedonic Enjoyment And Personal Expressiveness In Positive User Experiences [Thesis].