Understanding Self-Tracked Data from Bounded Situational Contexts

Ada Ng, Ashley Marie Walker, Laurie Wakschlag, Nabil Alshurafa, Madhu Reddy

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Abstract

As smartphone and wearable tracking devices have grown in popularity, more individuals have begun collecting their own health data. While these data are often perceived as a persistent record of health and used to inform future behaviors, it is inevitable that some data are captured during a period of disruption or non-routine circumstances. If not appropriately contextualized, visualizations of these data can lead to missed opportunities in self-reflection, or worse, misinterpretation. To better understand how self-tracked data captured during non-routine circumstances are reflected upon after the disruption has ended, we interviewed women about how they might reflect on data from a recent pregnancy. We propose the concept of bounded situational context (BSC) to encapsulate how individuals define the boundaries of disruption within their data based on external and internal contexts. We discuss how self-tracking tools can be designed to align data visualizations with individuals' perceived boundaries to aid in data interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDIS 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Wellbeing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1684-1697
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450393584
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2022
Event2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing, DIS 2022 - Virtual, Online, Australia
Duration: Jun 13 2022Jun 17 2022

Publication series

NameDIS 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing

Conference

Conference2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing, DIS 2022
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/13/226/17/22

Keywords

  • design
  • health
  • personal informatics
  • self-tracking
  • wearables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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