Youth concerns and responses to self-tracking tools and personal informatics systems

Kyrill Potapov, Asimina Vasalou, Victor R. Lee, Paul Marshall

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Abstract

Though some work has looked at the implementation of personal informatics tools with youth and in schools, the approach has been prescriptive; students are pushed toward behaviour change intervention or otherwise use the data for prescribed learning in a particular curriculum area. This has left a gap around how young people may themselves choose to use personal informatics tools in ways relevant to their own concerns. We gave workshops on personal informatics to 13 adolescents at two secondary schools in London, UK. We asked them to use a commercial personal informatics app to track something they chose that they thought might impact their learning. Our participants proved competent and versatile users of personal informatics tools. They tracked their feelings, tech activity, physical activity, and sleep with many using the process as a system for understanding and validating aspects of their own lives, rather than changing them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359719
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
Event2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period4/05/199/05/19

Keywords

  • Education
  • Personal informatics
  • Self-tracking
  • Youth

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    Potapov, K., Vasalou, A., Lee, V. R., & Marshall, P. (2019). Youth concerns and responses to self-tracking tools and personal informatics systems. In CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [3312886] (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3312886