Metadating: Exploring the Romance and Future of Personal Data

Elsden, Chris, Nissen, Bettina, Garbett, Andrew, Chatting, David, Kirk, David and Vines, John (2016) Metadating: Exploring the Romance and Future of Personal Data. In: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '16. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 685-698. ISBN 978-1-4503-3362-7

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We introduce Metadating -- a future-focused research and speed-dating event where single participants were invited to "explore the romance of personal data". Participants created "data profiles" about themselves, and used these to "date" other participants. In the rich context of dating, we study how personal data is used conversationally to communicate and illustrate identity. We note the manner in which participants carefully curated their profiles, expressing ambiguity before detail, illustration before accuracy. Our findings proposition a set of data services and features, each concerned with representing and curating data in new ways, beyond a focus on purely rational or analytic relationships with a quantified self. Through this, we build on emerging interest in "lived informatics" and raise questions about the experience and social reality of a "data-driven life".

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personal Data; Quantified Self; Lived Informatics; Dating
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 12:00
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:18

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