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Author Neff, Gina, 1971- author.

Title Self-tracking / Gina Neff and Dawn Nafus
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 233 pages) : illustrations
Series The MIT Press essential knowledge series
MIT Press essential knowledge series.
Contents Welcome to the quantified self -- What is at stake? the personal gets political -- The quantified self as avocation -- The quantified self and the technology industry -- The quantified self and medicine -- Possible futures for the quantified self
Summary In the eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin kept charts of time spent and virtues lived up to. Today, people use technology to self-track: hours slept, steps taken, calories consumed, medications administered. Ninety million wearable sensors were shipped in 2014 to help us gather data about our lives. This book examines how people record, analyze, and reflect on this data, looking at the tools they use and the communities they become part of. The authors describe what happens when people turn their everyday experience - in particular, health and wellness-related experience - into data, and offer an introduction to the essential ideas and key challenges of using these technologies. They consider self-tracking as a social and cultural phenomenon, describing not only the use of data as a kind of mirror of the self but also how this enables people to connect to, and learn from, others. The authors consider what's at stake: who wants our data and why; the practices of serious self-tracking enthusiasts; the design of commercial self-tracking technology; and how self-tracking can fill gaps in the healthcare system. In the twenty-first century, no one can lead an entirely untracked life. The authors show us how to use self-tracking data in a way that empowers and educates
COMPUTER SCIENCE/Human Computer Interaction
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Patient self-monitoring.
Self-care, Health -- Technological innovations
Medical telematics.
Medical innovations -- Social aspects.
Information technology -- Social aspects
Monitoring, Ambulatory
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Reference.
MEDICAL -- Alternative Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Atlases.
MEDICAL -- Essays.
MEDICAL -- Family & General Practice.
MEDICAL -- Holistic Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Osteopathy.
Information technology -- Social aspects
Medical innovations -- Social aspects
Medical telematics
Patient self-monitoring
Form Electronic book
Author Nafus, Dawn, author.
ISBN 9780262334693