Activity Tracking Affordances: Identification and Instrument Development

Creators: Rockmann, Robert and Gewald, Heiko
Title: Activity Tracking Affordances: Identification and Instrument Development
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Event Title: Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)
Event Location: Yokohama
Projects: CROSS
Date: 26 June 2018
Divisions: Informationsmanagement
Abstract: Activity tracking apps -such as Fitbit or Nike+ Running- are positioned to enhance people's motivation towards physical activity and healthy behavior. Though various ‘motivational’ features are incorporated, the effectiveness of these apps is often mixed and raises concerns about the ‘one-size-fits-all‘ applicability. To get a better understanding about the nature of using activity tracking apps, this paper employs the lens of affordances and identifies eight particular salient affordances in activity tracking: Self-Monitoring, Performance Analysis, Exercise Guidance, Rewards, Social Comparison, Watching Others, Social Recognition, and Self-Presentation. Moreover, this study develops a corresponding measurement instrument evaluated using q-sort methodology. Avenues for future research are highlighted involving the set of affordances and their instruments and practical implications are given.
Citation:

Rockmann, Robert and Gewald, Heiko (2018) Activity Tracking Affordances: Identification and Instrument Development. In: Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), Yokohama.

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