روش تجزیه و تحلیل هزینه فایده برای ارزیابی انطباق محصول با جمعیت های کاربر قدیمی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|23438||2004||12 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||7370 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Applied Ergonomics, Volume 35, Issue 2, March 2004, Pages 81–92
A methodology for assessing perceptions of a product through cost–benefit analysis is demonstrated in an experimental study involving use of one of two products for supporting interaction with telephone voice menu systems. The method emphasizes ratings of constructs related to costs and benefits considered relevant to decisions regarding product adoption, and the use of the analytic hierarchy process technique to derive subjective importance weights associated with those constructs. Twenty-five younger subjects (18–39 years of age) and 27 older subjects (60–82 years of age) interacted with simulated telephone voice menu systems supported by either a screen phone or a graphical device. Although analysis of the benefit–cost ratios revealed that benefits were perceived as more important than costs, the analysis of the constituent item ratings and importance weights provided potentially more useful information for predicting product adoption.
Current trends in product engineering and business enterprise have resulted in rapid development, deployment, and obsolescence of products in the marketplace, resulting in a much greater diversity of products to choose from than ever before. Unfortunately older people are less likely to benefit from this phenomenon given that they are generally more reluctant to adopt new products, especially products involving unfamiliar concepts or procedures (Marquié et al., 1994; Freudenthal, 1998). For example, Rogers and colleagues (Rogers et al., 1996) found that older people are less likely to use Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) than younger people and recent data (US Department of Commerce, 2002) indicates that use of the internet is relatively low among older people as compared to other age groups. Ironically, older adults can benefit from many of these products, particularly in ways that can enhance their independent living and quality of life. As an example, the internet may be used by older people for communicating with family and friends, performing routine tasks such as banking or shopping, and accessing information on health, community resources, and a variety of other topics. In user-centered design cost–benefit analysis is sometimes performed during the later stages of the product design cycle (Nielson, 1993). The primary purpose of this analysis is to determine if the costs associated with implementing particular functions can be justified by the benefits in product use. An example is justifying the cost of adding additional functions to a cell phone such as access to the internet. Generally, costs are measured in terms of resources invested and benefits are measured in terms of enhanced usability or monetary savings. However, for technology-based products an additional cost–benefit issue that designers need to consider is the cognitive resources required to learn how to use the product. This is particularly true when targeting older user populations given age-related declines in cognitive abilities (Park, 1999). This paper presents a relatively simple scheme for performing a cost–benefit analysis that includes components such as cognitive effort that may be particularly relevant to older populations. The potential utility of the approach is demonstrated using data that examined the usefulness of two products in facilitating interactions with telephone menu systems: a screen phone and a graphical device. These products were tested on a group of younger and older adults who performed information search and retrieval tasks using simulated telephone voice menu applications. Although telephone menu systems can potentially provide older adults with greater independence and privacy in managing many important activities such as banking, appointment scheduling, and shopping (e.g., ordering medications), initial findings from a study (Sharit et al., 2003) indicated that older adults find it difficult to use these systems to perform routine tasks. The data also indicated that performance difficulties were related to age-related declines in abilities such as hearing and working memory. Most telephone menu systems tax working memory by virtue of their serial presentation of auditory information (Tun and Wingfield, 1997). The possibility therefore exists for older users to benefit from products that could compensate for age declines in abilities. Also, as shown in other studies (Czaja et al., 1998) design interventions that benefit older adults typically benefit users of all age groups. The primary focus of this paper is to report on age differences in the perception of a select group of cost and benefit components associated with the screen phone and the graphical device, and determining if older adults attribute greater costs and lesser benefits to these devices as compared to younger people. The cost component consisted of three constructs: monetary cost, initial learning cost, and relearning cost (the cost of having to relearn to use a product because of infrequent use). The benefit component consisted of one construct: overall usefulness of the product with respect to the frequency of interaction with the telephone menu system. This construct was chosen as the products were conceived as support aids for systems that people interact with at varying rates of frequency. There was also an interest in determining if perceived costs and benefits associated with these products could be predicted from human information-processing capabilities and task performance. Finally, this paper will attempt to illustrate that analysis of benefit–cost ratios may be misleading, and that decomposing benefit–cost ratios into their constituent components may provide more useful data concerning age differences in the perception of costs and benefits associated with adopting new products.