Thesis Designing for Personal Health

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We observe that more “smart devices” are becoming part of our daily life, and people that quantify aspects of their lifestyle are becoming more mainstream. In doing so, they leave a huge digital footprint behind in an active and passive way.

We notice that the Quantified Self is mainly focused on creating awareness towards a healthier lifestyle. We learn that there are opportunities for realizing healthcare that is more oriented and organized around prevention. Not only on an individual level, but also on a population level. Patterns might be discovered in user data helping to support predictions in a more granular and personalized way.  At the same time, a lot of questions arise when using Quantified Self. How do these device integrate in people’s daily life? Are they as effective as we think? Do they create enough awareness and persuasion to create a sustainable and healthier lifestyle? Do they facilitate a structural behavior change with the user?  Do they continue the lifestyle they adopted during the tracking period? Or are we seeing more a temporary phenomenon in the usage and behavior changes?

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