Show and Tell – My journey of three years of sleeptracking with myZeo and Body Media
When I started an experiment in 2010 with myZeo sleep tracking device it became a long period of research in sleep monitoring in a home setting for over two years. The self-monitoring triggered behavior change, I optimized my time, my productivity and planned things differently to change my lifestyle for the better.
Break-out session – Bringing ‘Designing for Personal Health’ to the next level.
I do long term research with monitor devices myZeo and Body Media within social experiments of small groups of people. My research quenstion:Does self-monitoring with devices like myZeo, Body Media and others that are in the market create enough awareness and persuasion to change behavior and to maintain new habits. I would like to use this session to learn and share experiences in order to bring ‘Designing for Personal Health’ to a higher level!
Worldwide we are increasingly confronted with health problems due to people’s lifestyle: lack of physical activity wrong eating habits, lack of sleep, resulting in more health risks and chronic diseases. In the past three years we’ve been exploring how individuals experience self-tracking devices by evaluating social experiments. We looked at the opportunities, barriers and challenges that occur within the field of quantified self and how this could have impact on society.
Abstract and accepted paper for the Shikakeology Symposium March 2013 at Stanford University.
Wearable smart devices are coming more and more into our lives. People who self-quantify aspects of their way of living are becoming more mainstream. The quanitified self movement is becoming mature and could lead to a new way of looking at personal health. Most people who are tracking their lives do this with a view towards a better, improved lifestyle. We might be on the verge of a new, more real, form of preventive healthcare which could completely change the way we look at our health.
A lot of data is gathered by these wearable device or mobile apps that permit to tracking different aspects of once’s life. People are leaving a big digital footprint in the virtual world. The advantage of this, over a long time period of gathering the data on a population level, might be discover patterns in age and gender groups that could be very useful for human kind and healthcare and may lead to predictions on a population and individual level. On the other hand there is the privacy or the digital identity that needs to be respected.
Other questions that arise – how are people interpreting all the data, are the devices as effective as we think? Are they able to create enough awareness and persuasion to change people’s lives for the better over the long run, or is this more a temporary, short-term change in behavior? Do they continue to lead the lifestyle they adapted during the tracking period?
Companies who develop and design these devices or mobile apps have to pay a lot of attention to behavior design aspects of them in order to reach the goals they have in mind.
The ‘Always-On’ Phenomenon. Nowadays we are always connected, with the development of the online infrastructure, the availability of WIFI and data mobility infrastructure, the smartphone and tablet devices which give us access to all sorts of information for either social or professional use anytime, anywhere. We live in a global, networked world within different time zones. The global reach of connectivity can make the most isolated outpost into a center of learning and economic activity, Turkle, (2010, p152-153). Our life is spread all over the world and we are connected to people in different time zones and continents. Hence, the ‘Always-on’ phenomenon and urge to connect might lead to different habits, especially when it comes to sleep
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