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Tracking the Trackers: Self-Tracking in Households as Social Practice

Hardey, Mariann (2022) 'Tracking the Trackers: Self-Tracking in Households as Social Practice.', Digital Health, 8 . pp. 1-11.

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to examine the effect of different types of self-tracking users (trackers) on the health behaviours of others living in the same household. The study takes an international perspective, examining tracking practises from thirteen households based in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States to determine how trackers contribute to emerging cultural and social factors across life stages. The findings contribute to digital health understandings by shedding light on collective practises formed within frequently intergenerational households. The study emphasises the importance of cross-cultural and intergenerational tracking research to foster collective and symbolic health engagement. The article delves into the intersection of online and offline dynamics to describe the social practice of digital health culture. It sheds new light on structural and agency issues in households sharing self-tracking experiences.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/20552076221093131
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work as published without adaptation or alteration, without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Date accepted:23 March 2022
Date deposited:29 March 2022
Date of first online publication:11 April 2022
Date first made open access:21 June 2022

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