I kept track of how much time I spent on my phone over the week and tried to keep rough track of what apps I used during that period. I limited the apps on the visualisation to those that I accessed twenty times or greater. Within keeping track of how much time I spent on the phone I was able to see how many times I unlocked the phone.
Description of the Visualisation
There are three lines on the visualisation representing the following in order:
- Time spent on the phone (clock at the end of the line)
- Number of times phone was unlocked (tally counter at the end of the line)
- How many times an app was opened (window at the end of the line)
Each line gives some basic information but when combined together the viewer would be able to draw some correalations as to what the user was doing during a given day.
The idea behind this week was to track my phone usage similar to how it was described in ‘The Platform Society’ (van Dijck et al 2018) that AltSchool would monitor their students, “each pupil has an iPad or Chromebook, and every activity is automatically recorded and analyzed” (p. 7). Within that though was to show how maybe that the information that is gathered might be a bit thin on substance meaning that there might be little to gain from tracking it.
The visualisation itself has a clock, tally counter and windows these were used because they are something people have come in contact with and would be familar with.
In different sections of the visualisation the same colours needed to be reused due to running out of colours but I think this also highlights the same situation in dashboards. Within dashboards you can have several different items being shown on the screen and all depending on the colour pallette available might get confused at what is being shown.