Flow Experience on the Internet
Advances in Information Systems Flow Research
In this endeavor, the theory of flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi seems to provide a very useful framework – modeling the requirements of intrinsically motivated user behavior in a manageable way. Flow is the psychological state of deep focus while conducting a fluent activity, which is experienced by approximately 90% of the population. A flow design of digital technologies is supposed to result in a win-win situation, not only for users but also for suppliers from a business perspective. While flow is an enjoyable state of optimal information reception and processing (ideally resulting in personal growth) that goes far beyond just serving basal needs, it also leads to various positive managerial effects, such as increased loyalty towards information systems usage (e.g., website usage).
»Flow Experience on the Internet« seeks – faced with a highly inconsistent body of knowledge in information systems flow research – (1) to gain a thorough theoretical understanding of flow experiences during the use of websites, based on the status quo of flow research in motivational psychology, and to (2) show a path to gain concrete knowledge on how to design websites for flow – towards a new user experience design approach.