Running: A flexible situated study

Elizaveta Temir, Aisling Ann O'Kane, Paul Marshall, Ann Blandford

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This paper describes a situated study of personal informatics applications for running that had to be conducted in a flexible and pragmatic way to adjust for the context of use. A qualitative situated study highlighted important differences in runners' motivations, uncovering markedly different uses and preferences between people who run either for health or for pleasure, but also underscored how the physical nature of the interaction impacted data collection. By adjusting the method to be sensitive to the physical nature of the interaction and the preferences of the participants, a pragmatic situated approach provided insights into how these technologies are actually used.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2016: #chi4good - Extended Abstracts, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450340823
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
Event34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016: chi4good - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016
Conference number: 34


Conference34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016
Abbreviated titleCHI 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
OtherFor those who are finding out about CHI – pronounced kai – for the first time, CHI is a place to see, discuss and learn about the future of how people interact with technology. At any minute you might experience a new gesture interface for tablets, learn how developing countries use mobile phones for maternal health, play soccer against someone 3000 miles away, or debate the future of online education. You’ll meet with top researchers from universities, corporations and startups from across the world, as well as the brightest student scientists, designers, and researchers. It’s a place to find your community, to talk about your toughest problems, and to find your next job.
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Structured keywords

  • Digital Health


  • Apps
  • Context
  • Exercise
  • Fitness
  • Mobile
  • Personal informatics
  • Running
  • Situated studies
  • Wellbeing
  • Digital Health


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