'Technology isn't Always the Best': The Intersection of Health Tracking Technologies and Information Practices of Digital Natives

Eunjeong Cheon, Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, Norman Makoto Su

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Abstract

Some believe that today's young and tech-savvy generation will eagerly adopt the latest health tracking technologies. However, we know little about the tracking practices of young adults, and in particular how they use technologies to journal their daily fitness activities and diet. Drawing from practice theory, this study uses Savolainen's concept of information practice to examine the life contexts of users (e.g., personal goals and habits) that influence the use of health tracking technologies. Through interviews with thirteen college students, we identify the information practices that young adults perform to track their health and diet, outlining how different information practices exhibit different levels of reliance on technology. Life contexts may help explain why our young adults preferred 'traditional' technologies like paper for some information practices. Further we suggest that the design of future health-tracking technologies need to holistically consider the interwoven nature of information practices, life contexts, and tracking technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2016
EditorsWai-Tat Fu, Kai Zheng, Larry Hodges, Gregor Stiglic, Ann Blandford
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages207-215
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781509061174
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 6 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2016 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Oct 4 2016Oct 7 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2016

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago
Period10/4/1610/7/16

Keywords

  • Health Tracking Technologies
  • Information Practice
  • Qualitative Study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health(social science)
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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