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Life-swap: how discussions around personal data can motivate desire for change

Fleck, R; Cecchinato, ME; Cox, AL; Harrison, D; Marshall, P; Na, JH; Skatova, A; (2020) Life-swap: how discussions around personal data can motivate desire for change. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 10.1007/s00779-020-01372-9. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Personal informatics technologies support the collection of and reflection on personal data, but enabling people to learn from and act on this data is still an on-going challenge. Sharing and discussing data is one way people can learn from it, but as yet, little research explores how peer discourses around data can shape understandings and promote action. We ran 3 workshops with 5-week follow-ups, giving 18 people the opportunity to swap their data and discuss it with another person. We found that these workshops helped them to recontextualise and to better understand their data, identify new strategies for changing their behaviour and motivated people to commit to changes in the future. These findings have implications for how personal informatics tools could help people identify opportunities for change and feel motivated to try out new strategies.

Type: Article
Title: Life-swap: how discussions around personal data can motivate desire for change
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s00779-020-01372-9
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-020-01372-9
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2020. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Data sharing, Personal informatics, Behaviour change, Activity tracker, Autographer, RescueTime
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092000
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