'I Don't Need a Goal': Attitudes and Practices in Fitness Tracking beyond WEIRD User Groups
Paper in proceeding, 2021

Fitness trackers have the potential for fostering sustained change and increasing well-being. However, the research community is yet to understand what design features and values need to be embodied in a fitness tracker for long-term engagement. While past work mainly focused on WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, Democratic) fitness trackers usersin North America and Western Europe, this paper investigates another perspective on fitness tracking. We conducted interviews with N = 37 fitness tracker users in the US, Europe and Egypt to identify the similarities and differences in attitudes and practices in fitness tracking. We found that fitness tracking involved a deeper social context in Egyptian communities and our findings suggest that Arabic users focused on physiological measurement, while non-Arab Western users appear to bewere more interested in goal achievement. We contribute design dimensions that can help build more inclusive tracker experiences. Our work highlights how future fitness trackers should support a customisable spectrum of design values to offer engaging experiences to a diverse and global audience.

personal informatics

diverse users

fitness tracker


inclusive tracking experience




Jasmin Niess

University of St Gallen

Universität Bremen

Pawel W. Wozniak

Utrecht University

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Yomna Abdelrahman

Bundeswehr University Munich

Passant Elagroudy

University of Stuttgart

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Yasmeen Abdrabou

Bundeswehr University Munich

Caroline Eckerth

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Sarah DIefenbach

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Kristina Knaving

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Proceedings of MobileHCI 2021 - ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, MobileTogether

9781450383288 (ISBN)

23rd ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, MobileTogether, MobileHCI 2021
Virtual, Online, France,

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Media and Communication Technology


Human Computer Interaction



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