Gendered Quantified Self: my talk at FLOSSIE 2013

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Gendered Quantified Self: my talk at FLOSSIE 2013

  1. 1. + Gendered Quantified Self Rayna Stamboliyska Paris Descartes University RS Strategy
  2. 2. + What is ‘quantified self’ (QS)? The continuous tracking of various aspects of our physical bodies n  how many calories we burn; n  our body fat percentage; n  how many steps we take in a day; n  how long we sleep; n  n  how many hours a week we spend commuting or sitting at a desk; … .../... @MaliciaRogue
  3. 3. + Measure and score We have the ability to measure and score our lives It is thus a matter of time to start scoring our: n  social reach and influence; n  tastes and preferences; n  achievements; n  credibility and reputation; n  habits; n  expertise; n  … .../... @MaliciaRogue
  4. 4. + Interconnected & shared self All that information is at your fingertips at all times… chart a path for improvement—and share your winning strategy and stats with others … an interconnected world of healthier, happier people making much more informed decisions. .../... @MaliciaRogue
  5. 5. + Science and QS n  n  n  REM-sleep gender differences; diseases, e.g. amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1: lithium carbonate drug 0 (PatientsLikeMe, CureTogether); … .../... @MaliciaRogue
  6. 6. + Science and QS n  REM-sleep gender differences; n  diseases (PatientsLikeMe, CureTogether); n  … BUT n  n  Does wearing orange-tinted glasses or performing regular hopping exercises can improve sleep quality? Does eating butter improve arithmetic ability? .../... @MaliciaRogue
  7. 7. + Science and QS n  Does wearing orange-tinted glasses or performing regular hopping exercises can improve sleep quality? n  Does eating butter improves arithmetic ability? n  No rigorous controls; n  No double-blinding; n  Sample size of one; n  Possible placebo effects .../... @MaliciaRogue
  8. 8. + The future is now ●  Potential to encourage self-tracking through gamification ●  QS is no miracle recipe but may be an efficient method .../... @MaliciaRogue
  9. 9. + We are all Sheldon SHELDON: When do you evacuate your bowels? LEONARD: Er, when I need to? SHELDON: I'm sorry, but I can't rent to hippies. LEONARD: OK, 8:00? SHELDON: I can't give you 8. I can give you 7:30. .../... @MaliciaRogue
  10. 10. + We are all Sheldon… O rly? ‘Manly dieting’ “Nothing manly about watching your weight”, The Chicago Tribune, 9 Dec 2002 .../... @MaliciaRogue
  11. 11. + What’s wrong with girls’ bodies? Women do not really quantify themselves sensu QS 1) anything framed around dieting and calories; 2) anything described as being about fertility are practices associated with 'feminine stuff’ and make many of us keen to avoid being “that girl” .../... @MaliciaRogue
  12. 12. + The hungry games n  n  n  “Monitor 'calories out' but not 'calories in’…“ “The proliferation of apps that obsessively quantify eating and fitness—Tap&Track, My Diet Diary, Fitbit Activity, and hundreds of others —have radically transformed the way anorexia afflicts patients.” “QS is helping Flore in fighting back anorexia.” .../... @MaliciaRogue
  13. 13. + ‘Are you tracking anything?’ Bentham & the Panopticon .../... @MaliciaRogue
  14. 14. + ‘Visibility is a trap’ n  “For me, launching into a discussion of my existing selftracking projects would basically be like coming to a conference in my underwear.” (W.E. Boesel) n  for many marginalized groups: “visibility is a trap” (Foucault, ‘panopticism’) .../... @MaliciaRogue
  15. 15. + Thank you! @MaliciaRogue