Your Quantified Body, Your Quantified Self

Your Quantified Body, Your Quantified Self

Related to one of my final project concepts of self-tracking or self-surveillance (and also in the same domain with project 1 – 2), I found an interesting radio program that changes my viewpoint towards self-tracking via wearable devices for quantifying our daily life. This episode criticizes the rising culture of self-tracking in line with quantified self by highlighting many cases that a high level of awareness of daily life induces anxiety in some ways, even makes people feel like they are in prison. This discourse made me raise new questions: How safe are the self-tracking devices and app? How safe is your quantified self?

On this week’s episode, you’ll hear from Natasha Dow Schull, author of a forthcoming book called “Keeping Track,” and technology writer/early self-tracker and writer Paul Ford. Schull’s research has involved spending quite a bit of time in the aisles of Best Buy, listening in on the hopeful, aspirational purchases. However – as new research begins to bear out – respondents in the long run tend to fall in two camps: people who get turned off by the idea of self-tracking and need to be convinced of its value, or those who like the idea but want better technology. In both cases, the stalwarts of this billion-dollar industry are listening very, very closely to figure out what consumers really want from this trend.

We’re curious too, though for different reasons. We’ve spent the last few months asking a whole lot of people to speak to their experiences of quantifying themselves using technology. We wanted the story you can’t tell from the big tech conferences or even hanging out in the aisles of Best Buy. So we asked our audience to weigh in (figuratively, of course) on what makes for “useful” health technology – what different sorts of health hacking have really done to their health.


Author: Jiyeon Kang (Jenny)

MFA Student of Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design

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