Personal tracking as lived informatics

Rooksby, John, Rost, Mattias, Morrison, Alistair and Chalmers, Matthew (2014) Personal tracking as lived informatics. In: CHI 2014 - 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 26 April - 1 May 2014, Toronto, Canada.

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This paper characterises the use of activity trackers as 'lived informatics'. This characterisation is contrasted with other discussions of personal informatics and the quantified self. The paper reports an interview study with activity tracker users. The study found: People do not logically organise, but interweave various activity trackers, sometimes with ostensibly the same functionality; that tracking is often social and collaborative rather than personal; that there are different styles of tracking, including goal driven tracking and documentary tracking; and that tracking information is often used and interpreted with reference to daily or short term goals and decision making. We suggest there will be difficulties in personal informatics if we ignore the way that personal tracking is enmeshed with everyday life and people's outlook on their future.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 16:48
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:36

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