I’ve written before about why I don’t quite buy into the tracking movement just yet. In that piece, I mentioned Exist, which is a cool new software being built that seeks to help users understand and utilize their fitness tracking data. Usability is one main issue that I highlighted in my blog post so I was really happy to chat with Belle Beth Cooper, one of the two founders of Exist.
She wrote up a fantastic piece detailing the ramifications of the quantified self movement. This quote sums up many of my thoughts:
As the Quantified Self movement heats up, it seems that the novelty factor is drawing people in to track their lives for the sake of it. At least until they realise they don’t benefit from it at all.
You can read the entire post with a few quotes from me here.