Personal tracking as lived informatics

Rooksby, J., Rost, M., Morrison, A. and Chalmers, M. (2014) Personal tracking as lived informatics. In: 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, ON, Canada, 26 Apr - 1 May 2014, pp. 1163-1172. (doi: 10.1145/2556288.2557039)

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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 Proceedings
Keywords:activity tracking, data, qualitative methods
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Morrison, Dr Alistair and Rooksby, Dr John and Chalmers, Professor Matthew and Rost, Dr Mattias
Authors: Rooksby, J., Rost, M., Morrison, A., and Chalmers, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science

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