Activity tracking: Barriers, workarounds and customisation

Harrison, Daniel, Marshall, Paul, Bianchi-Berthouze, Nadia and Bird, Jon (2015) Activity tracking: Barriers, workarounds and customisation. In: Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing - UbiComp '15. ACM, New York, pp. 617-621. ISBN 9781450335744

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Activity trackers are increasingly popular, but they have high levels of abandonment and little evidence exists to suggest why this is. This paper explores barriers to engagement with activity trackers. We extend previous research by not only characterising the barriers users experienced, such as tracking accuracy and device aesthetics, but also by reporting the workarounds they created. We discuss implications for the design of activity tracking systems by reflecting on these workarounds, the potential for activity tracker design to help overcome existing barriers, and how customisation could play a role.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2020 08:57
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 11:45

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