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Youth Concerns and Responses to Self-Tracking Tools and Personal Informatics Systems

Potapov, K; Lee, VR; Vasalou, A; Marshall, P; (2019) Youth Concerns and Responses to Self-Tracking Tools and Personal Informatics Systems. In: Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The Association for Computing Machinery Green open access

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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.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Youth Concerns and Responses to Self-Tracking Tools and Personal Informatics Systems
Event: CHI '19: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Dates: 4th-9th May 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-4503-5971-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3290607.3312886
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3312886
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Personal informatics; self-tracking; youth; education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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/10092752
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