Life-swap: how discussions around personal data can motivate desire for change

Rowanne Fleck, Marta E. Cecchinato, Anna L. Cox, Daniel Harrison, Paul Marshall, Jea Hoo Na, Anya Skatova

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Personal informatics technologies support the collection of and reflection on personal data, but enabling people to learn from and act on this data is still an on-going challenge. Sharing and discussing data is one way people can learn from it, but as yet, little research explores how peer discourses around data can shape understandings and promote action. We ran 3 workshops with 5-week follow-ups, giving 18 people the opportunity to swap their data and discuss it with another person. We found that these workshops helped them to recontextualise and to better understand their data, identify new strategies for changing their behaviour and motivated people to commit to changes in the future. These findings have implications for how personal informatics tools could help people identify opportunities for change and feel motivated to try out new strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-681
JournalPersonal and Ubiquitous Computing
Issue number5
Early online date10 Feb 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Feb 2020


  • Data-sharing
  • personal informatics
  • behaviour change
  • activity tracker
  • Autographer
  • Rescue time
  • Activity tracker
  • RescueTime
  • Data sharing
  • Behaviour change
  • Personal informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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