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Accelerated sensing: Sociological notes on modernity and self-optimisation
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Technology and Society (TS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7628-5829
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The number of self-tracking devices and apps is growing continuously and there is now a plethora of gadgets available for measuring, interpreting and optimising everything from bodily activities to embodied experiences and emotions. Despite the increased attention paid to the growing field of self-tracking, little is known about the discursive underpinnings of how these devices are designed, and their imagined functionality. Self-tracking devices are often presented as means for users to navigate through the varying temporalities and contingencies of everyday life, and they are often implicitly imagined to solve a series of problems for users. Approaching self-tracking devices through a prism of social theory, this paper advances current understandings within the field of self-tracking studies by drawing attention to how the imagined possibilities of these devices are deeply intertwined with the general characteristics of contemporary late-modern society. In particular, this paper engages with Hartmut Rosa’s (2013) concept ”social acceleration” in order to understand how the problems that self-tracking devices claim to solve result from the same social processes that make the idea of self-tracking as such meaningful. Rosa, H. (2013). Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity. New York: Columbia University Press.

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2017.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-12461Local ID: 22811OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-12461DiVA, id: diva2:1409508
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Metric Culture : The Quantified Self and Beyond, Aarhus, Denmark (7-9 June 2017)
Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved

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