Measuring Life. The Quantified Self and Digital Health

Author/s Antonio Maturo
Publishing Year 2014 Issue 2014/48
Language Italian Pages 8 P. 60-67 File size 132 KB
DOI 10.3280/SC2014-048006
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The apps for self-tracking are increasingly popular among the population. In many cases, the Quantified Self has given raise to changes of habits and behaviors that have resulted in health gains. Moreover, through a smart phone it is possible to share biometric data on the cloud and have them sent to doctors. Therefore, the digital health practices can increase patient empowerment and reduce health expenditure. Among the disadvantages, this trend brackets the importance of social determinants of health. Also, it provides an account of an individual without any social ties. Lastly, it can lead to stigmatize whoever do not share his/her own data in the social.

Keywords: Quantified Self, Self Tracking, sociology of health, social determinants of health, digital health, Morozov

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Antonio Maturo, "Vite misurate". Il quantified self e la salute digitale in "SOCIOLOGIA DELLA COMUNICAZIONE " 48/2014, pp 60-67, DOI: 10.3280/SC2014-048006