Faster, more efficient data collection: Self-optimization against digital overload

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Less efficiency increase, more serenity through a more self-determined life? By the way: The followers of the Quantified Self movement do exactly the opposite: More efficiency through self-optimization with technical aids. Another future vision?

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Mindfulness vs. Quantified Self


Mindfulness, self-love and work-life balance are currently among the big trends. Less and more relaxed work, more of life and its social environment, having friends and family - that's what many people want. It is not for nothing that digital detox seminars and silence ministers in the monastery are booming. It almost seems like a backlash to the digital overload that more and more people complain about.

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And then there is the total counteract: Quantified Self. Even though the founder of, the journalist Gary Wolf (who co-founded Wired Magazine) lives in Berkley, California, next to San Francisco, the nucleus, New York seems to be the secret capital of Quantified Self supporters his:

New York as the stronghold of the Quantified Self


While membership in other cities varies between 80 and 300, there are 650 members in New York. And that fits into the picture: New York is the city in which no jogger would ever pause at the traffic lights (but on the spot weitertrippelt), in the fruit and salad in small portions as fast food is sold.

And it is the metropolis that pays off otherwise by a particularly brisk busyness, which has a noticeable effect on your own pulse rate. I experienced it a few years ago: New York took me along, but after a few days I needed a break.

Gain more knowledge about yourself through data collection


Quantified Self's friends now do the exact opposite: they believe in "self-knowledge through numbers": they count calories, the times they spent running X kilometers, when they ate, how many, or even how many people they slept with to have.

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For example, "Joost Plattel quantifies 67% of his life. His dataset has 40,000 data points. "Tools include computers, the Internet and above all smartphones. If I then look at the popularity of self-tracking apps that can be used, for example, to record their sporting activities, it shows that this type of self-optimization is in no way to be laughed at.

Data collection: step to the perfect person?


Ostensibly, it's about collecting data about yourself, as well as that Company like Google do. Gary Wolf is quoted as saying that it is only fair to know so much about yourself, as Google or Facebook do. That sounds harmless, but there's more to it, because the self-trackers do not just collect their data to keep track: they also evaluate that data and compare it.

The social network Daytum helps them. What's on the start page: DAYTUM HELPS YOU COLLECT, CATEGORIZE AND COMMUNICATE YOUR EVERYDAY DATA. Users decide what data to track and how they want to categorize it. But that's not all: There are also various methods available, such as these tracking results could represent - such as bar graph or pie chart.

Do not confuse cause and effect


Exactly at the point for me the thing begins to be questionable. It makes sense to me that somebody knows himself well and wants to understand his own actions and actions as much as possible. Just as some people keep a household book on their expenses so as not to spend too much money.

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However, one must also ask oneself to what extent this exact knowledge then influences the actions. For example, if I keep track of how fast I run, I do not just do that to know, I just want to get better. That may be an incentive to improve performance. But when I'm obsessively focused on the results, the ultimate goal of improving health and well-being quickly fades into the background. It's all about the improvement of the numbers, hardly the thing itself.

From "I have more than you!" To depression


This effect worsens if you not only keep the results to yourself but also share them with others. Of course you can give each other tips in this way, which may help in self-optimization. But in the end, just when you compare clearly numbered numbers, it's just about one thing: the question "who has more?" We already know this competitive thinking from other social networks.

Now, the desire to compare with others may be something deeply human. In other words, competition is stimulating the business. Behind numbers seem to be clear statements. How meaningful they are, however, is rarely questioned. And many can be put under pressure by the constant Vergleicherei in social networks. This is like in this "My House, My Car, My Boat" ad: Who celebrates the most parties, has the most friends or climbs the most 8000ers? In the US, this has already created a new clinical picture, the Facebook Depression. It deals with people who have fewer friends in social networks than others and thus feel inferior.

Self-optimized or externally determined?


It seems to me that if you measure almost all of your life in numbers and release it for comparison, then in the end, any retreat option is missing, if it does not work that way. Because nobody can be the best or the best everywhere. Perpetual entente and constant stress up to the burnout seems almost inevitably the result of it. The self-optimizing person is thus very far away from a self-determined life, because he soon only after the compulsion to meet the target, nachhehechelt. What a sad idea!

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Self-optimization - that sounds promising, because in this way you can supposedly make the best out of yourself. Ultimately, however, this seemingly perfect human being is the first step into dependency and a life destined for others, in which one lags behind only one ideal. I would rather not experience something like that!

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