Personal Informatics for Understanding Human Need

This project seeks to develop reflective personal informatics systems that gather information about perceptions of human need in daily life. The goal is to support development that “meets the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

A technology probe was deployed for a week, where individuals completed reflection exercises built off the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) and McConnell’s Multiple Self-Aspects Framework. Participants then interacted with a visualization dashboard of their data during a think-aloud study. All participants learned something about their life, and about half said they wanted to change something about how they were living based on the visualizations of their data.

This work was published at DIS 2023.