Self Tracking

Self-representation online is carefully constructed through a balance between exposure and concealment of offline behaviours and health practices. Sharing self-tracking practices is also intended for surveillance for and by the ...

Author: Btihaj Ajana

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319653792

Category: Social Science

Page: 155

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This book provides an empirical and philosophical investigation of self-tracking practices. In recent years, there has been an explosion of apps and devices that enable the data capturing and monitoring of everyday activities, behaviours and habits. Encouraged by movements such as the Quantified Self, a growing number of people are embracing this culture of quantification and tracking in the spirit of improving their health and wellbeing. The aim of this book is to enhance understanding of this fast-growing trend, bringing together scholars who are working at the forefront of the critical study of self-tracking practices. Each chapter provides a different conceptual lens through which one can examine these practices, while grounding the discussion in relevant empirical examples. From phenomenology to discourse analysis, from questions of identity, privacy and agency to issues of surveillance and tracking at the workplace, this edited collection takes on a wide, and yet focused, approach to the timely topic of self-tracking. It constitutes a useful companion for scholars, students and everyday users interested in the Quantified Self phenomenon.

Self Tracking

Whitney Boesel, a sociologist and a QS member, designed an excellent diagram that differentiates the larger practices of self-tracking from the QS meetups around the world that have grown out of Wolf and Kelly's first meeting (see ...

Author: Gina Neff

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262334704

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 248

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What happens when people turn their everyday experience into data: an introduction to the essential ideas and key challenges of self-tracking. People keep track. In the eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin kept charts of time spent and virtues lived up to. Today, people use technology to self-track: hours slept, steps taken, calories consumed, medications administered. Ninety million wearable sensors were shipped in 2014 to help us gather data about our lives. This book examines how people record, analyze, and reflect on this data, looking at the tools they use and the communities they become part of. Gina Neff and Dawn Nafus describe what happens when people turn their everyday experience—in particular, health and wellness-related experience—into data, and offer an introduction to the essential ideas and key challenges of using these technologies. They consider self-tracking as a social and cultural phenomenon, describing not only the use of data as a kind of mirror of the self but also how this enables people to connect to, and learn from, others. Neff and Nafus consider what's at stake: who wants our data and why; the practices of serious self-tracking enthusiasts; the design of commercial self-tracking technology; and how self-tracking can fill gaps in the healthcare system. Today, no one can lead an entirely untracked life. Neff and Nafus show us how to use data in a way that empowers and educates.

Self Tracking Health and Medicine

Groups of tech-enthusiasts have played a significant role in raising awareness about the potential of self-tracking modalities. The Quantified Self movement ( has established itself as a new approach in which ...

Author: Deborah Lupton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351609602

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 118

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Self-tracking practices are part of many health and medical domains. The introduction of digital technologies such as smartphones, tablet computers, apps, social media platforms, dedicated patient support sites and wireless devices for medical monitoring has contributed to the expansion of opportunities for people to engage in self-tracking of their bodies and health and illness states. The contributors to this book cover a range of self-tracking techniques, contexts and geographical locations: fitness tracking using the wearable Fitbit device in the UK; English adolescent girls’ use of health and fitness apps; stress and recovery monitoring software and devices in a group of healthy Finns; self-monitoring by young Australian illicit drug users; an Italian diabetes self-care program using an app and web-based software; and ‘show-and-tell’ videos uploaded to the Quantified Self website about people’s experiences of self-tracking. Major themes running across the collection include the emphasis on self-responsibility and self-management on which self-tracking rationales and devices tend to rely; the biopedagogical function of self-tracking (teaching people about how to be both healthy and productive biocitizens); and the reproduction of social norms and moral meanings concerning health states and embodiment (good health can be achieved through self-tracking, while illness can be avoided or better managed). This book was originally published as a special issue of the Health Sociology Review.

The Politics and Possibilities of Self Tracking Technology

This book describes some of the contexts in which self-tracking practices can be observed and explores the politics and possibilities that emerge when this particular class of technology is introduced into everyday contexts.

Author: Suneel Jethani

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1800433387

Category: Art

Page: 184

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The Politics and Possibilities of Self-Tracking Technology focuses on the dialectical relationship between users and designers of wearable technology to examine how datafication processes redefine the body, and explores what this means for the design, administration and study of self-tracking systems.

Household Self Tracking During a Global Health Crisis

On the one hand, self-tracking represents a near-ideal set of practices in which the individual can tap into new resources emphasising autonomy and empowerment while also contributing to new global frameworks for understanding health ...

Author: Mariann Hardey

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1800439148

Category: Medical

Page: 168

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Household Self-Tracking During a Global Health Crisis provides a comprehensive and straightforward account of deeper health narratives managed through data tracking within households formed during a global health crisis.

The Quantified Self

ethos and practices of self-tracking been appropriated by other actors and agencies? What implications are there for data politics, data practices and the digital data knowledge economy? What are the power relations and power ...

Author: Deborah Lupton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1509500618

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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With the advent of digital devices and software, self-tracking practices have gained new adherents and have spread into a wide array of social domains. The Quantified Self movement has emerged to promote 'self-knowledge through numbers'. In this groundbreaking book Deborah Lupton critically analyses the social, cultural and political dimensions of contemporary self-tracking and identifies the concepts of selfhood and human embodiment and the value of the data that underpin them. The book incorporates discussion of the consolations and frustrations of self-tracking, as well as about the proliferating ways in which people's personal data are now used beyond their private rationales. Lupton outlines how the information that is generated through self-tracking is taken up and repurposed for commercial, governmental, managerial and research purposes. In the relationship between personal data practices and big data politics, the implications of self-tracking are becoming ever more crucial.

The Routledge Companion to Marketing and Society

According to Lupton (2016), communal self-tracking is when people share their personal self-tracking data with others. ... For example, a study of self-tracking of running activities on Strava showed that communal selftracking can ...

Author: Krzysztof Kubacki

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1000640930

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 456

View: 133

The Routledge Companion to Marketing and Society focuses on marketing for social impact as the use of marketing strategies, tools and techniques to improve the well-being of society. As such it does not exclude the use of marketing to increase profit and shareholder value but rather prioritises the social impact of marketing, both positive and negative (even if largely unintended). This companion is a scholarly reference providing an overview of marketing for social impact in terms of its current and emergent themes, debates and developments, as well as reflections on the future of the field. Using marketing tools and techniques for social impact is commonly accepted as an effective commercial strategy (e.g. corporate social responsibility, cause-related marketing) and increasingly accepted as an approach to planned social transformation that can be used to influence positive social change in behaviours such as recycling, healthy eating, domestic violence and human trafficking. This reference volume serves as an authoritative and comprehensive statement on the state of contemporary scholarship focusing on the diverse subject of the social impact of marketing. It features 25 chapters written by international subject specialists within six themed sections, including consumer issues, marketing tools, commercial marketing and non-profit marketing. It will find a global audience of scholars and researchers within marketing and cognate fields, interested in using marketing tools and techniques to create social impact in areas such as public health, social and behaviour change communication, sociology and cultural studies.

Advances in The Human Side of Service Engineering

Self-tracking. of. Personal. Data. The human behavior of tracking personal data is nothing new. For a long time humans have collected information about themselves: qualitative information, as with a journal, but also quantitative ...

Author: Louis Freund

Publisher: AHFE International (USA)

ISBN: 1495120910


Page: 660

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If there is any one element to the engineering of service systems that is unique, it is the extent to which the suitability of the system for human use, human service, and excellent human experience has been and must always be considered. An exploration of this emerging area of research and practice, Advances in the Human Side of Service Engineering covers a broad spectrum of ergonomics and human factors issues highlighting the design of contemporary service systems.

The Qualified Self

Self - tracking refers to the ways that people knowingly and purposefully collect information about themselves to analyze and reexamine . Media accounting , as I will show , is fundamentally a self - tracking process . To track means to ...

Author: Lee Humphreys

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262538954

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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How sharing the mundane details of daily life did not start with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube but with pocket diaries, photo albums, and baby books. Social critiques argue that social media have made us narcissistic, that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are all vehicles for me-promotion. In The Qualified Self, Lee Humphreys offers a different view. She shows that sharing the mundane details of our lives—what we ate for lunch, where we went on vacation, who dropped in for a visit—didn't begin with mobile devices and social media. People have used media to catalog and share their lives for several centuries. Pocket diaries, photo albums, and baby books are the predigital precursors of today's digital and mobile platforms for posting text and images. The ability to take selfies has not turned us into needy narcissists; it's part of a longer story about how people account for everyday life. Humphreys refers to diaries in which eighteenth-century daily life is documented with the brevity and precision of a tweet, and cites a nineteenth-century travel diary in which a young woman complains that her breakfast didn't agree with her. Diaries, Humphreys explains, were often written to be shared with family and friends. Pocket diaries were as mobile as smartphones, allowing the diarist to record life in real time. Humphreys calls this chronicling, in both digital and nondigital forms, media accounting. The sense of self that emerges from media accounting is not the purely statistics-driven “quantified self,” but the more well-rounded qualified self. We come to understand ourselves in a new way through the representations of ourselves that we create to be consumed.

The Quantification of Bodies in Health

finally, the general question concerning self-tracking as a practice, and its consequences for our notions of identity and self (Ajana, 2018; Lupton, 2016). Of course, it is impossible to deal with any of these questions without at ...

Author: Btihaj Ajana

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1800718837

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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The Quantification of Bodies in Health aims to deepen understanding of the quantification of the body and of the role of self-tracking practices in everyday life. It brings together authors working at the intersection of philosophy, sociology, history, psychology, and digital culture.