No Longer Wearing: Investigating the Abandonment of Personal Health-Tracking Technologies on Craigslist

Publication/Creation Date
September 10 2015
James Clawson (creator)
Jessica Pater (creator)
Andrew Miller (creator)
Elizabeth Mynatt (creator)
Lena Mamykina (creator)
Georgia Institute Of Technology (contributor)
University Of Washington (contributor)
Columbia University (contributor)
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent
Personal health-tracking technologies have become a part of mainstream culture. Their growing popularity and widespread adoption present an opportunity for the design of new interventions to improve wellness and health. However, there is an increasing concern that these technologies are failing to inspire long-term adoption. In order to understand why users abandon personal health-tracking technologies, we analyzed advertisements of secondary sales of such technologies on Craigslist. We conducted iterative inductive and deductive analyses of approximately 1600 advertisements of personal health-tracking technologies posted over the course of one month across the US. We identify health motivations and rationales for abandonment and present a set of design implications. We call for improved theories that help translate between existing theories designed to explain psychological effects of health behavior change and the technologies that help people make those changes.

Presented at the Engagement and Disengagement Panel Session, UBICOMP 2015.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Technology Keywords
Health-Tracking, Self-Monitoring

Date archived
September 23 2015
Last edited
November 22 2018
How to cite this entry
James Clawson, Jessica Pater, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Mynatt, Lena Mamykina. (September 10 2015). "No Longer Wearing: Investigating the Abandonment of Personal Health-Tracking Technologies on Craigslist". 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015). International Joint Conference On Pervasive And Ubiquitous Computing. Fabric of Digital Life.