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Digital Epiphanies: how self-knowledge can change habits and our attitudes towards them

Cox, AL; Bird, J; Fleck, R; (2013) Digital Epiphanies: how self-knowledge can change habits and our attitudes towards them. Presented at: The 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference: The Internet of things, Brunel University, London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

People often have an inaccurate perception of their habits, for example, how long they spend doing various activities and how their behaviour compares to that of other people. The resulting inaccurate comparisons can lead to increased stress levels that can impact health and well-being. Personal informatics systems measure and display information about personal behaviours and can facilitate reflection and increase self-knowledge. We provide empirical evidence to show that accurate self-knowledge can result in ‘digital epiphanies’ that lead to changes in attitude and behaviour.

Type:Conference item (Presentation)
Title:Digital Epiphanies: how self-knowledge can change habits and our attitudes towards them
Event:The 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference: The Internet of things
Location:Brunel University, London, UK
Dates:2013-09-09
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.digitalepiphanies.org/publications.html
Language:English
Additional information:© Cox, A. L., Bird, J. and Fleck, R., 2013.
Keywords:Digital epiphanies, Email, Social networking, Self-reflection, Personal informatics
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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