Metadating: Exploring the romance and future of personal data

Chris Elsden, Bettina Nissen, Andrew Garbett, David Chatting, David Kirk, John Vines

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Abstract

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'.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2016 - Proceedings, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
Pages685-698
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event34th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016

Conference

Conference34th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period7/05/1612/05/16

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