This paper conceptualizes contemporary self-tracking cultures in terms of ‘flow’. Not only do data flow from self-trackers to systems and back, users flow, too, using self-tracking techniques to sift through everyday life and extract habitual and meaningful practices. In fact the very experience of self-tracking may be conceptualized as flow, a central technique, utilized by digital media companies to “hook” their users (Dow Schüll, 2012). Yet, while flow is experienced everywhere, the notion is rarely mobilized as a central conceptual framework for understanding contemporary media culture. We develop our framework of self-tracking as flow to explore the ‘self-tracking experience’ by bringing into dialogue two classic frameworks of flow from media and psychology studies; Raymond Williams’ writings on television as programmed flow (1974) and psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s notion of flow as pleasurable, immersive experience (1990).
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||23rd Nordic Conference on Media and Communication Research. Nordmedia 2017: Mediated Realities - Global Challenges - Unversity of Tampere, Tampere, Finland|
Duration: 17 Aug 2017 → 19 Aug 2017
Conference number: 23
|Conference||23rd Nordic Conference on Media and Communication Research. Nordmedia 2017|
|Location||Unversity of Tampere|
|Period||17/08/2017 → 19/08/2017|