Engaging Experience with Physical Activity Tracking Products

Armağan Kuru*, Jodi Forlizzi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Many people use physical activity tracking products to gather personal behavioral data, make better decisions, and make changes to their behavior. While the proliferation of new products on the market makes collecting personal data easier, how to help people engage with these products over a long period of time remains an open question. To uncover which features of physical activity tracking products lead to engaging experience, we conducted a study with people who use physical activity tracking products to support or track behavior change. We conducted baseline interviews and had participants interact with either a BodyMedia armband or a FitBit activity tracker. Participants rated their experience with the product daily for a period of four weeks and reflected on their engagement at the end of the study. Through synthesis and analysis of the study findings, we draw out four characteristics for engaging experience in physical activity tracking product use: connectivity, curiosity, personalization, and motivation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign, User Experience, and Usability
Subtitle of host publicationDesig Discourse: 4th International Conference, DUXU 2015. Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015. Proceedings, Part I
EditorsAaron Marcus
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-319-20886-2
ISBN (Print) 978-3-319-20885-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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