June 20, 2014
I recently bought a fitbit and am tracking sleep, steps/activity, and food - however, I have an iphone 4, which doesn't sync and keep my sync thingy at my home computer (don't have a laptop currently haha), so I only check in a few times a day when I'm at home.
None so far.
Medically related things for which I don't have the expertise to know their names: cortisol and other chemicals related to stress, possibly cancer-related things going on in the body, etc. It would be amazing if people could track certain markers in their bodies and associate them to different actions, behaviors, and patterns that with a doctor's assistance, they could make changes to lower risk factors or target potential problems.
I'm interested in the line, if it exists, between the qualitatively and quantitatively examined self. At what point does tracking detract from experience, and in what ways can tracking inform an improved existence? I also think that medical applications of such technologies are very interesting, as well as possibilities with general consumer product development. What are other possibly arenas for the application of this data - government policy, relationship counseling, work environment improvement, who knows...But also, what are the concerns related - by recording this data, do we open our society up to a new level of scrutiny and control, could such information be used to take advantage of the weak, sick, or otherwise disadvantaged?
I'm not all that quantified, consciously - but I am intrigued by others' ideas and experiences regarding contextualizing personal data.