Tracked and Fit: FitBits, brain games, and the quantifed aging body

Publication Title
Journal of Aging Studies
Publication/Creation Date
June 1 2018
Barbara L. Marshall (creator)
Stephen Katz (creator)
Trent University (contributor)
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent

This paper explores the technical turn to new ways of quantifying and standardizing measurements of age as these intersect with discourses of anti-aging and speculative futures of ‘smart’  quantified aging bodies. Often couched in a metaphorical language of ‘smart’, ‘fit', boosting’ and ‘optimizing', the aging body is emerging as a node for data collection, monitoring, and surveillance. The research is located in the current literature that links aging, bodies and technologies, with specific extended examples of wearable devices such as fitness trackers and digital exercises such as brain games designed for memory performance. Conclusions suggest that new tech-nologies around aging and quantifiable fitness create an ambiguous image of the aging body and brain as both improvable and ‘plastic’  but also inevitably in decline.
HCI Platform
Relation to Body
Related Body Part
Marketing Keywords
Fitbit, Lively, CarePredict, Humana

Date archived
August 30 2018
Last edited
July 5 2021
How to cite this entry
Barbara L. Marshall, Stephen Katz. (June 1 2018). "Tracked and Fit: FitBits, brain games, and the quantifed aging body". Journal of Aging Studies. Journal of Aging Studies. Fabric of Digital Life.