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Open Questions and Challenges

After considerable user-testing, the biggest question for me to consider was whether the act of seeing a blurred picture of a piece text is enough motivation for one to begin reflecting. In the context of spiritual people, the responses were varied, and it could possibly require more incentive for people to reflect on the pictures of text they had taken. 

This raised an interesting question for me: Even for an audience of Christian people who stated they were highly motivated to remember pieces of text from the Bible, why were some users still unwilling to reflect and use the bookmark? Many people believed the bookmark was "cute", but not something they would use to reflect on content they had read previously in the past. This motivation to remember may not be well-suited as an individual activity, and for the future, a memory object in which multiple people engage with it should be investigated, since a shared experience (just how the Memory Bauble did) may improve valence towards reflection. 

In the future, it would be interesting to see how specific memory-encoding objects encourage specific audiences to actively engage in self-reflection. In a world where digitized technology is causing a high-paced rate of life where people have forgotten to take a step back, relax, and think, the need to slow down and engage in mindfulness and intentional reflection has increased, and I would be extremely interested in investigating. 

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