30 Aug '12, 3pm

How I Quantified Myself

My first impression was that self-quantifying is just another example of technology stretching the limits of narcissism—the kind of thing a compulsive oversharer on Facebook would like. But I had been looking for a solution to sleep problems that cropped up when my son was born a year ago and, without a better idea, figured that analyzing myself using hard numbers and graphs couldn’t hurt. So as I plunged into this assignment, I was hoping to answer the question: Can these devices really enable us to change our behavior? Will they help us eat, sleep, and move better? Or are they just new toys?

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