The Digital Health Self

The Impact of Everyday Self-Tracking and Social Media on Our Mental and Physical Health

By Rachael Kent

Published

Mar 1, 2023

Page count

208 pages

Series

Quantified Societies & Selves

ISBN

978-1529210156

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 1, 2023

Page count

208 pages

Series

Quantified Societies & Selves

ISBN

978-1529210170

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

This is an in-depth analysis of how understandings and conceptualisations of health past, present and future has transformed in the digital age.

Since the mid-20th century, we have been witnessing certain ‘healthy’ lifestyle choices being pushed as part of health promotion strategies. This marks a seismic shift from a public welfare state responsibility for health towards individualised practices of self-care. Today health has become representative of ‘lifestyle corrections’ which are performed on social media.

Putting the spotlight on neoliberalism as a pervasive tool that dictates wellness as a moral obligation, the author critically analyses how users navigate relationships between self-tracking technologies, social media and health management.

Rachael Kent is a Teaching Fellow in Digital Media and Culture in the Department of Digital Humanities at the King’s College London.

Transformations of Health in the Digital Age

The Datafication of the Health Self

Surveillance Cultures of the Health Self

The Moralism and Regulation of the Health Self

Health ‘Disciples’: Compulsions to Embody the Health Self

Performing the Health Self in Everyday Life

Reflections and Future Directions for the Health Self