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Activity tracking: Barriers, workarounds and customisation

Harrison, D; Marshall, P; Bianchi-Berthouze, N; Bird, J; (2015) Activity tracking: Barriers, workarounds and customisation. In: Mase, K and Langheinrich, M and Gatica-Perez, D and Gellersen, H and Choudhury, T and Yatani, K, (eds.) UbiComp '15: Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. (pp. pp. 617-621). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Activity trackers are increasingly popular, but they have high levels of abandonment and little evidence exists to suggest why this is. This paper explores barriers to engagement with activity trackers. We extend previous research by not only characterising the barriers users experienced, such as tracking accuracy and device aesthetics, but also by reporting the workarounds they created. We discuss implications for the design of activity tracking systems by reflecting on these workarounds, the potential for activity tracker design to help overcome existing barriers, and how customisation could play a role.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Activity tracking: Barriers, workarounds and customisation
Event: 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (UbiComp/ISWC'15)
ISBN-13: 9781450335744
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2750858.2805832
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2750858.2805832
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.
Keywords: Quantified self; activity tracking; personal informatics; fitness; health; behaviour change; physical activity
UCL classification: UCL
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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
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475593
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