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Articles about the concepts of the quantified self and self-tracking
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Counting every moment

Counting every moment | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
THE idea of measuring things to chart progress towards a goal is commonplace in large organisations. Governments tot up trade figures, hospital waiting times and...
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Lena Sauter's curator insight, February 21, 2013 3:29 PM

Self-tracking and the quantified self through new digital technologies

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How we discovered the dark side of wearable fitness trackers

How we discovered the dark side of wearable fitness trackers | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
New data shows fitness monitoring devices such as Fitbit can support and empower women. But it also revealed a world of control and guilt.
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The Tale of a Fitness-Tracking Addict's Struggles With Strava | WIRED

The Tale of a Fitness-Tracking Addict's Struggles With Strava | WIRED | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
I keep my phone in the pocket of my bike jersey when I ride, so in a way you could say that my descent into Strava servitude happened behind my back. But in reality I did this to myself. I was a daily user and willing accomplice to the popular fitness tracker for 15 months---in fact, Strava is my all-time favorite app. It’s also my digital Achilles heel.
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Self-tracking cultures: towards a sociology of personal informatics

Self-tracking cultures: towards a sociology of personal informatics | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
I have had a full refereed paper accepted for the OzCHI conference, to be held in Sydney in December. The abstract is below. For a PDF of the full paper, click here Self-tracking Cultures - OzCHI C...
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Jay C's curator insight, May 13, 2015 9:24 AM

Interesting article. There are a couple of things I want to follow up. I have heard many times about the persistence problem - that is that people start monitoring their health through apps but stop after a while - has anyone looked into the reasons for this?  Persistence is a modifier to each of the five modes of self-tracking and there may be different reasons for persistence in each of these modes.

It is would also be interesting to know more about the relationship between health quantification and disability. There are different motivational processes depending on whether the feedback is positive or negative again this would seem to be a modifier of the five modes. BTW I'm not convinced that the descriptive power of the five modes. I would distinguish three private, communal (which would be pushed on the individual or pushed by the individual) and imposed (which by its nature is exploited). 

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The five modes of self-tracking

The five modes of self-tracking | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
Recently I have been working on a conference paper that seeks to outline the five different modes of self-tracking that I have identified as currently in existence. I argue that there is evidence t...
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The Data-Driven Life - NYTimes.com

The Data-Driven Life - NYTimes.com | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
What happens when technology can analyze every quotidian thing that happened to you today.
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Gary Wolf's original article in the New York Times describing the quantified self.

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33260602's curator insight, July 4, 2014 8:23 AM

Points of departure.

 

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RescueTime : Time management software for staying productive and happy in the modern workplace

RescueTime : Time management software for staying productive and happy in the modern workplace | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
A personal analytics service that shows you how you spend your time and provides tools to help you be more productive.
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Are Wearables Over?

Are Wearables Over? | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
A recent, widely circulated study found that one-third of Americans who bought a wearable tech product ditched it within six months. So why are...
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Laurent FLOURET's curator insight, April 17, 2014 7:31 AM

“There are three guiding principles we’ve thought about for what wearables have to solve," Bogard says. "First and foremost, it has to solve a real problem for users--for the person. It has to be hyper focused on what that means and distilling that down. Second is that we really have to think about how it fits into your life. Third, we ultimately think that the technology should disappear."

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Deathwatch

Deathwatch | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
At the time of this writing, there are 16,277 days remaining in my life. I know this because an app tells me so.
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How Cell Phones are Fueling Anorexia | The Fix

How Cell Phones are Fueling Anorexia  | The Fix | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
'Pro Ana' websites and an avalanche of calorie-counting apps are making it even more difficult to treat eating disorders. (Facebook hasn't helped either.)
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The Quantified Self

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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.
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The MakerBot Replicator 2 - Time Lapse: Bre Pettis 3D Portrait - YouTube

http://www.makerbot.com/replicator2 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:45071 This is a 3D portrait of MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis taken at The MakerBot Store's 3D ...
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Wearables Have Gone To The Dogs - | The Digital Health Post

Wearables Have Gone To The Dogs - | The Digital Health Post | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
The Digital Health Post - Covering the digital revolution's impact on health and living
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Stepping Down: Rethinking the Fitness Tracker

Stepping Down: Rethinking the Fitness Tracker | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
Wearable devices encourage 10,000 steps a day, but that's not a very dynamic understanding of health
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A look back at the evolution of wearable tech

A look back at the evolution of wearable tech | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
Wearable technology is undoubtedly one of the latest trends to proliferate our digital world. While wearables might seem like an innovation entirely out of the 21st century, humans have been tinker...
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Whistle Activity Monitor - Stay connected to your dog

Whistle Activity Monitor - Stay connected to your dog | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
Whistle is an activity monitor for dogs designed to provide key insights into your dog’s behavior by tracking daily activities and health trends.
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Beyond the quantified self: the reflexive monitoring self

Beyond the quantified self: the reflexive monitoring self | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
This piece is partly a response to a recent blog post by Mark Carrigan about the concept of the qualified self, and partly a section of the new book that I am working on about the sociology of self...
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Maria Wolters's curator insight, August 25, 2014 10:52 AM

Always good for theoretical reflection - a long, rich post

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This Guy Tracks Everything About Himself And Puts It Up Online For Everyone To See | TechCrunch

This Guy Tracks Everything About Himself And Puts It Up Online For Everyone To See | TechCrunch | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
Software developer and designer Anand Sharma started tracking everything about himself in March, including how many steps he takes in a day, the distance..
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33260602's curator insight, August 14, 2014 10:53 AM

“Finding the right balance in a world where there is never enough time and everything is trying to get your attention is really hard, and this helps make it a bit easier.”

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Russian bank rewards customers’ sweat with higher interest rates

Russian bank rewards customers’ sweat with higher interest rates | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
The Alfa-Bank in Russia has created a new account with a high interest rate of 6% per annum, which users can only pay into by exercising with a fitness tracker.
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33260602's curator insight, July 4, 2014 8:42 AM

Connected to the increase of interest by the insurance sector.

 

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The Quantified Soul | Al Jazeera America

The Quantified Soul | Al Jazeera America | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
The developers of mindfulness apps believe technology can make us happier and healthier
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Quantify Everything: A Dream of a Feminist Data Future

Quantify Everything: A Dream of a Feminist Data Future | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
Women’s lives have been subjected to quantification for decades.
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Frederick Taylor and the quantified self

Frederick Taylor and the quantified self | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
The faithful gathered in San Francisco earlier this month for the Quantified Self 2013 Global Conference, an annual conclave of "self-trackers and tool-makers." Founded by long-time technology writ...
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The Body Data Craze

The Body Data Craze | The Sociology of the Quantified Self | Scoop.it
Technology has revolutionized what we can measure about ourselves. But is all that tracking good for our health?
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