But at the end of the day I really don’t need an app to tell me that I ran 7k in the morning, walked 3k to and from work and biked five minutes to meet a friend for lunch. There is literally no value being added to my life… and I honestly don’t care if my “Fitbit friend” Tobias walked five minutes less or more than me. (via)
I feel similarly about the current state of the “quantified self” offerings. Until an app can tell me things like “run five more minutes today to decrease your chance of getting heart disease by whatever percent”, or “your gut flora isn’t looking so hot today, you should probably lay off the whiskey and eat more kimchi”, or “put one less packet of sugar in your coffee and you’ll never get diabetes”, then it does nothing for me. I’m not into data for data’s sake. What does the number of steps you took after dinner matter if you still feel bloated? What does the number of minutes you slept matter if you still feel tired and hazy?