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Noise as Dysappearance: Attuning to a Life with Type 1 Diabetes

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In this article, we use noise as a metaphor for the overload of information – embodied, technological and online social – that characterizes life with type 1 diabetes. Noise illustrates embodied sensations of fluctuating blood glucose, measurement problems and alarms from digital self-care devices and irrelevant or emotionally disturbing posts on Facebook. Attunement is crucial to the quality of self-care achieved by individuals and comprises: (1) developing skills to receive clear signals from the body, (2) adjusting and individualizing self-care technologies to bodies and daily lives and (3) discerning appropriate distracting and unhelpful self-care information. Ideally, life with type 1 diabetes is harmonious, with clear messages from bodies, technologies and Facebook that enable better self-care.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBody and Society
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)55-75
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

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  • attunement, dysappearance, Facebook, noise, type 1 diabetes

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