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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Persuasive Technology in the Real World: A Study of Long-Term Use of Activity Sensing Devices for Fitness
Organization Unit
  • Thomas Fritz
  • Elaine May Huang
  • Gail C Murphy
  • Thomas Zimmermann
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Event Title CHI 2014
Event Type conference
Event Location Vancouver, British Columbia
Event Start Date April 26 - 2014
Event End Date May 1 - 2014
Publisher ACM
Abstract Text Persuasive technology to motivate healthy behavior is a growing area of research within HCI and ubiquitous computing. The emergence of commercial wearable devices for tracking health- and fitness-related activities arguably represents the first widespread adoption of dedicated ubiquitous persuasive technology. The recent ubiquity of commercial systems allows us to learn about their value and use in truly “in the wild” contexts and understand how practices evolve over long-term, naturalistic use. We present a study with 30 participants who had adopted wearable activity-tracking devices of their own volition and had continued to use them for between 3 and 54 months. The findings, which both support and contrast with those of previous research, paint a picture of the evolving benefits and practices surrounding these emerging technologies over long periods of use. They also serve as the basis for design implications for personal informatics technologies for long-term health and fitness support.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1145/2556288.2557383
Other Identification Number merlin-id:9008
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