Obviously, there are benefits to this optimized, quantified self, not least of which is the ability to make significant medical advances and alter the lives of those suffering from chronic, and often mystifying, illness. But there’s something to be said for the allure and beauty of the mysteries not only of our confusing, previously unknowable bodies, but the intricacies of life.
With all of the issues people are having with privacy lately, it’s interesting that we’re voluntarily surveilling ourselves in such intimate ways. Our sleep habits, our posture, everything is being tracked now. And not always in the most reliable ways. For instance, the author of this article mentions she skips tracking her sleeping habits on nights when she knows she will ruin her good scores. How much of this information is actually valuable?
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