On November 27, 2018 Elcin Hanci presented her poster “I self-tracked myself and now I feel bad” at the 5th edition of the Data Science Summit in Eindhoven. The poster reflected some insights from Elcin’s latest research.
In this research, a creative writing task was used to elicit reflections of the role of self-tracking data in relation to self-evaluation. This was a field study during which participants walked all day with a step-counter, whereby the accessibility of the numerical feedback participants received was manipulated. Results showed that self-tracking increased self-awareness. Those who were able to see how many steps they took were particularly more self-evaluative and self-critical about their performance. Those who thought the device was not functioning, however, were more likely to enjoy the activity itself without being self-evaluative.