We are witnessing the rise of an "Internet of Bodies" that revolves around different types of somatic IS artifacts: digital and connected sensory devices (e.g., fitness trackers or smart implants) that are connected to the human body, rely on bodily data (e.g., steps or heart rate) as input, and serve bodily rather than functional or cognitive-affective goals. Together, somatic IS artifacts and the bodies of human users form an entanglement with mutual agentic interdependencies of input and response. We developed a novel theoretical framework that structures and delineates somatic IS artifacts and illustrates the complexity and characteristics of somatic IS entanglements. We introduce key dimensions to theorize about somatic IS entanglements (by differentiating objective, intervention, or data) that can inspire research on overlooked and potentially harmful aspects of the design, implementation, use, and impact of these digital technologies.


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