Making sense with sensors : Self-tracking and the temporalities of wellbeing

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Making sense with sensors : Self-tracking and the temporalities of wellbeing
Author Berg, Martin
Date 2017
English abstract
Self-tracking devices and apps often measure and provide interpretations of personal data in a rather straightforward way, for instance by visualising the speed and distance of a run or the quality of sleep during night. There is, however, a growing number of devices claiming to support increased wellbeing by extensive data analysis to provide insights and algorithmic advice about unseen and neglected dimensions of our lives, bodies, and experiences. This article engages with two devices of this kind, namely the Moodmetric and the ŌURA which are two recently released ‘smart’ rings with associated smartphone apps that claim to measure emotions and rest, promote happiness and help users to perform better. Focusing on how certain values, visions and ideas are used to frame and explain the potential functionality of these devices, this article approaches the discursive underpinnings of their design as deeply intertwined with the temporalities of late modernity. Empirically, the article is based on a discourse analysis of blog posts, marketing materials and user guides from the ŌURA and Moodmetric companies along with video recordings of the public appearances and sales pitches of company representatives.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/2055207617699767 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2055207617699767 .Icon
Publisher SAGE
Host/Issue Digital Health;
Volume 3
ISSN 2055-2076
Pages 11
Language eng (iso)
Subject Self-tracking
sociology
late modernity
temporality
algorithms
smart jewellery
social acceleration
wellbeing
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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