Quantified Self

Quantified Self

The Quantified Self movement is upon us. Automatically tallying up our steps, miles, calories and weight 24hours a day, seven days a week through the use of small, wearable

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The Quantified Self movement is upon us.  Automatically tallying up our steps, miles, calories and weight, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week through the use of small, wearable, sync-able devices.  Despite my recent pedometer purchase, I think the Quantified Self approach is unquantifiablly dubious.

Quantified Self is largely a conspiracy (or at least a money-making scheme) for device manufacturers to capitalize on our never-ending quest for better fitness, our need for more gear than the next guy, and our insatiable appetite for geekiness.  Marketing tactics appeal to our desire to set a new PR (personal record), lose 10 pounds, or reach our target heart rate zones.  We are so desperate for these milestones that we not only pay dearly for these devices, but we actually wear them on our bodies and take precious time to view the output on a computer!

Marketers point out that these devices can compute a large amount…

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