Stanford University

Participants’ compliance and experiences with self-tracking using a smartphone sensing app

Harari, G. M., Wang, W., Müller, S. R., Wang, R., & Campbell, A. T. (2017) Participants’ compliance and experiences with self-tracking using a smartphone sensing app. Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (UbiComp ’17). 57-60.

Abstract

Self-tracking studies using smartphone sensing apps provide researchers with a great deal of detailed personal behavioral data. These methods promise to provide many insights into the links between everyday behaviors and well-being outcomes (e.g., physical and mental health). However, a better understanding of participants’ compliance and experiences with self-tracking using smartphones is needed. Here we report on preliminary findings from a large scale self-tracking assignment that college students (N = 575) completed within the context of an online course. Specifically, we explored (1) compliance rates during the 14 days of the self-tracking assignment, and (2) students’ experiences with the self-tracking assignment (e.g., satisfaction, perceived intrusiveness, self-insight). We also explored differences among iOS and Android users and discuss how the findings can be used in future study design.