Activity Tracking in vivo

Rúben Gouveia, Evangelos Karapanos, Marc Hassenzahl

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While recent research has emphasized the importance of understanding the lived experience of personal tracking, very little is known about the everyday coordination between tracker use and the surrounding environment. We combine behavioral data from trackers with video recordings from wearable cameras, in an attempt to understand how usage unfolds in daily life and how it is shaped by the context of use. We recorded twelve participants' daily use of activity trackers, collecting and analyzing 244 incidents where activity trackers were used. Among our findings, tracker use was strongly driven by reflection and learning-in action, contrasting the traditional view that learning is one of deep exploration, following the collection of data on behaviors. We leverage on these insights and propose three directions for the design of activity trackers: facilitating learning through glances, providing normative feedback and facilitating micro-plans.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '18
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsRegan Mandryk, Mark Hancock, Mark Perry, Anna Cox
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5620-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018


ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018
Abbreviated titleCHI
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