Motivational Affordances: The Fundamental Reasons for ICT Design and Use

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Various logical, social, cognitive, and emotional sources of motivational affordance principles for information and communication technology (ICT) design and use, are presented. Autonomy-supportive social contexts tend to facilitate self-determined motivation, healthy development, and optimal functioning, while motivational analysis of self has aspects such as defining or creating the self and relating the self to society. Competence provides an inherent source of motivation for seeking out and putting effort to master optimal challenges that are developmentally appropriate. Relatedness is a psychological need indicating the innate desire to belong while interaction with others is the primary condition that involves relatedness. Leadership is a condition that involves and satisfies the need for power, while emotion relates to motivation that energize and direct behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-147
Number of pages3
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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