Gender, Age, and Responsiveness to Cialdini’s Persuasion Strategies

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-20306-5_14

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9072)
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Orji R., Mandryk R.L., Vassileva J. (2015) Gender, Age, and Responsiveness to Cialdini’s Persuasion Strategies. In: MacTavish T., Basapur S. (eds) Persuasive Technology. PERSUASIVE 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9072. Springer, Cham


Research has shown that there are differences in how males and females respond to persuasive attempts. This paper examines the persuasiveness of the six persuasive strategies - Reciprocity, Scarcity, Authority, Commitment and Consistency, Consensus andLiking developed by Cialdini with respect to age and gender. The results of the large-scale study (N = 1108) show that males and females differ significantly in their responsiveness to the strategies. Overall, females are more responsive to most of the strategies than males and some strategies are more suitable for persuading one gender than the other. The results of our study also reveal some differences between younger adults and adults with respect to the persuasiveness of the strategies. Finally, the results show that irrespective of gender and age, there are significant differences between the strategies regarding their perceived persuasiveness overall, shedding light on the comparative effectiveness of the strategies.


Persuasive technology Behavior change Gender Age Persuasive strategies Persuasiveness Individual differences Susceptibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rita Orji
    • 1
  • Regan L. Mandryk
    • 1
  • Julita Vassileva
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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