Soylent Diet Self-experimentation: Design Challenges in Extreme Citizen Science Projects

Marketa Dolejsova, Denisa Kera

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference article in proceedingsScientificvertaisarvioitu

20 Sitaatiot (Scopus)

Abstrakti

Quantified self-experimentation with personal diets is a popular activity among health enthusiasts, diagnosed patients, as well as "life hackers" pursuing self-optimization goals. In this paper, we reflect on self-experimentation practices in the context of amateur citizen science communities. We report findings from 11 month-long qualitative fieldwork in a community of nutrition hobbyists experimenting with a powdered food substitute "soylent". Our respondents customized the soylent powders to their personal needs, tracked their metabolic reactions to the diet, and discussed their findings with the online soylent user community. Although the data and knowledge sharing within the community positively impacted respondents' nutrition literacy, these activities created risks regarding their health safety and data privacy. We define soylent self-experimentation as a form of "extreme citizen science". Based on the limitations identified in the soylent community, we suggest a set of design recommendations for extreme citizen science projects.
AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
OtsikkoProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW
KustantajaACM
Sivut2112-2123
ISBN (elektroninen)978-1-4503-4335-0
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - helmik. 2017
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing - Portland, Yhdysvallat
Kesto: 25 helmik. 20171 maalisk. 2017

Conference

ConferenceACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
LyhennettäCSCW
Maa/AlueYhdysvallat
KaupunkiPortland
Ajanjakso25/02/201701/03/2017

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