Personal tracking as lived informatics

John Rooksby, Mattias Rost, Alistair Morrison, Matthew Chalmers

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2014
Subtitle of host publicationOne of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsMatt Jones, Philippe Palanque
PublisherACM
Pages1163-1172
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450324731
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2014
Event32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2014 - Toronto, Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014
http://chi2014.acm.org/

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2014
Abbreviated titleCHI
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period26/04/141/05/14
Internet address

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