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QS veterans and the reflexive turn
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1870-683X
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Quantified Self movement, advocating self-optimization and behavior change by means of feedback loops, has promoted the idea of ‘self knowledge through numbers’ by relying on the use of self-monitoring devices to obtain bodily and mental evidence that is ‘uncontaminated by interpretation’. However, when interviewing QS veterans from Northen Europe it appears that self knowledge through numbers does not imply to continuously ‘live with numbers’ but also to"live without numbers'. In the QS meetings, presentations are structured around three questions: (1) What did you do? (2) How did you do it? (3) What did you learn? This kind of structure emphasizes the nature of the QS as a learning community, loosely tied up around a shared interest in what learning affordances emerge through the use of body monitoring devices. In this presentation, we describe these affordances, the kind of reflexivity and learning they foster, and how QS veterans engagements in the community has transformed their thinking about measuring and subsequently what they bring with them from these experiences when moving into new contexts. We demonstrate how the QS has been adopted as a new wayto connect and learn, gaining value in relation to the social and communicative processes that it promotes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
body monitoring, learning, Quantified Self
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-34029DiVA: diva2:1107518
Conference
AIAS Conference, Metric Culture: The Quantified Self and beyond. Aarhus, Denmark, 7-9 juni, 2017
Projects
Sensing, Sharing, Shaping. Imagining the body in a mediatized world
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P14-0367:1
Available from: 2017-06-09 Created: 2017-06-09 Last updated: 2017-06-22Bibliographically approved

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