Sharing traces: Barriers and Facilitators to Getting Support and Accountability

Workshop on Activity-Based Networks, SocInfo 2016

Fitness tracking devices, smartphone applications, and other tools that help people track data about every facet of their lives are becoming increasingly prevalent. Many people share these traces with friends, family, and peers in hopes of accessing support or accountability. Unfortunately, people frequently share in ways that keep them from reliably achieving these benefits.

In this talk, I will discuss ways that commonly people share their activity traces and my efforts to design and evaluate systems that help them achieve their goals with fewer drawbacks. I will then discuss a framework for considering the design of sharing features that can meet sharers’ needs while engaging the audience.



Sean is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and a member of the dub group. Working primarily in the domains of health and wellbeing and exposure to diverse information, he designs and evaluates techniques for helping people make sense of data about themselves and the world around them.

Sean completed a BS in Engineering at Olin College in 2006 and his PhD at the University of Michigan's School of Information in 2012. Previously, Sean was a political blogger and, while working at Boeing, designed concepts for future passenger airplane interiors. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award.

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