Fitter, Happier, More Productive? The Normative Ontology of Fitness Trackers

Katta Spiel, Fares Kayali, Louise Horvath, Michael Penkler, Sabine Harrer, Miguel Angel Sicart, Jessica Hammer

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Fitness trackers promise a longer and better life for the people who engage with them. What is forgotten in their analysis for HCI, though, is how they re-conceptualise the very notion of what constitutes a 'step'. We discuss everyday edge cases illustrating how fitness trackers fail to address goals and ideals of people using them. They merely re-affirm the fitness of already fit people and can have an adversarial effect on others. For future designers, we offer strategies to become aware of their own biases and provide implications for designers potentially leading to more non-normative and diverse designs of trackers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI'18 Extended Abtracts
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2018
Article numberPaper alt08
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5621-3/18/04
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventCHI '18 CHI - Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems : Engage with CHI - Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018


ConferenceCHI '18 CHI - Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
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