Rethinking the mobile food journal: Exploring opportunities for lightweight photo-based capture

Felicia Cordeiro, Elizabeth Bales, Erin Cherry, James Fogarty

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Abstract

Food choices are among the most frequent and important health decisions in everyday life, but remain notoriously difficult to capture. This work examines opportunities for lightweight photo-based capture in mobile food journals. We first report on a survey of 257 people, examining how they define healthy eating, their experiences and challenges with existing food journaling methods, and their ability to interpret nutritional information that can be captured in a food journal. We then report on interviews and a field study with 27 participants using a lightweight, photo-based food journal for between 4 to 8 weeks. We discuss mismatches between motivations and current designs, challenges of current approaches to food journaling, and opportunities for photos as an alternative to the pervasive but often inappropriate emphasis on quantitative tracking in mobile food journals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages3207-3216
Number of pages10
Volume2015-April
ISBN (Print)9781450331456
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 18 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2015 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of

Other

Other33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2015
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period4/18/154/23/15

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Keywords

  • Food journals
  • Personal informatics
  • Photos
  • Self-tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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Cordeiro, F., Bales, E., Cherry, E., & Fogarty, J. (2015). Rethinking the mobile food journal: Exploring opportunities for lightweight photo-based capture. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. (Vol. 2015-April, pp. 3207-3216). Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702154

Rethinking the mobile food journal : Exploring opportunities for lightweight photo-based capture. / Cordeiro, Felicia; Bales, Elizabeth; Cherry, Erin; Fogarty, James.

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Vol. 2015-April Association for Computing Machinery, 2015. p. 3207-3216.

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Cordeiro, F, Bales, E, Cherry, E & Fogarty, J 2015, Rethinking the mobile food journal: Exploring opportunities for lightweight photo-based capture. in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. vol. 2015-April, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 3207-3216, 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2015, Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 18-23 April. DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702154
Cordeiro F, Bales E, Cherry E, Fogarty J. Rethinking the mobile food journal: Exploring opportunities for lightweight photo-based capture. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Vol. 2015-April. Association for Computing Machinery. 2015. p. 3207-3216. Available from, DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702154

Cordeiro, Felicia; Bales, Elizabeth; Cherry, Erin; Fogarty, James / Rethinking the mobile food journal : Exploring opportunities for lightweight photo-based capture.

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Vol. 2015-April Association for Computing Machinery, 2015. p. 3207-3216.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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