Has Self-Tracking Changed You?

Do you have a story about how your self-tracking project has affected your life? If so, I’d like to hear it.

I’m working on a long magazine story about the Quantified Self, much more detailed than the short essay published in Wired last year. (“Know Thyself: Tracking Every Facet of Life“)

For this story I’m getting deeply into the history and future of self-tracking, and trying to expose something of the effect it is having, and can have, on our notion of what self-knowledge means. I’m interested in any personal story you might have about how self-tracking affected your behavior, habits, self-concept, or relationship with others.

You can post in the comments if you like, but the best way to reach me directly is through email: gary@aether.com.

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3 Responses to Has Self-Tracking Changed You?

  1. Paul King says:

    As a start-up company which deals with tracking time, money and mileage this topic is interesting to me. I think having a full understanding of where you spend your time is important to self improvement and realisation. I will try and reach out to my network and our customer base and see if they have any stories to offer you. Paul, 1DayLater – http://1daylater.com

  2. chadvavra says:

    I’m looking at ways to track as many physical functions as numerical metrics in order to create a level/goal based game based on wellness.
    I’ve emailed you a thread from my social feed.

  3. Adrian Chan says:

    Interesting topic for research! I cover social interaction design and in that is included some amount of personality type research and observation.
    I would wonder whether self-tracking expresses an interest in controlling and regulating the variables of life, and whether it suits those who prefer to plan and schedule time than live it spontaneously. No critique intended here. But planning for the future is in ways an attempt to control what lies ahead, mentally (for plans often change, are thwarted, or disappointing). It’s a ways of managing risk and ambiguity now, with respect to future uncertainties.
    The self-tracker might thus be a person for whom capturing activities supplements self-bureaucratization. For whom capturing and having the data perhaps means more than using it. I’d look into that: do folks track for the comfort and reassurance of having captured data, or track for the purpose of using it (and making more efficient use of their time?)
    You might find in self-trackers a type that collects for memory/past and a type who tracks for efficiency/planning.
    And then of course there must be a type who’s just a bit OCD about things like this. ;-)
    My works is at gravity7.com if interested.

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