28 01 2018
I have not really thought about personal data tracking previously, but now as I think about it carefully, I actually have done many things that are examples of tracking personal data.
For instance, my iPhone is tracking the distance I walk every day. After I set a Bedtime in my timer, it is also help track my sleep time( when I woke up/go to bed). I also have downloaded some apps that tracks sleeping quality, work-out time, expense record, weight.etc.. So I guess I am actually quite an active personal data tracker.
The problem I have, however, is that I have not really tracked anything continually. I guess that is because I have never created a systematic way of collecting information so that it is kind of easy for my to forget or stop collecting.
I could se the benefits of tracking personal data for myself — that it has the potential to push myself keeping doing something. By keeping doing something, I may become better at something or start to embrace my life better. But I wonder how can we as individuals bring self-tracking into a larger picture and make it something not only beneficial or significant to ourselves but also to a larger group?
In addition, I also have some smaller questions regarding self-tracking, such as: Can self-tracking also be categorized into different types? If so, what are they? What are some of the best ways of visualizing self-tracking data? Once we start tracking , what is the best time to stop?
I initially want to track what do I eat every day. I am trying to do that by using some apps. There is one that I have on my phone that helps record food a person eat and also the portion of different nutritions(Carbohydrate, fat and protein). I also want to keep this data tracking with an Instagram account (I will post pictures of food every day). I want to do this data tracking to better work out. Because the food one eat every day also have a significant impact on the training result. I want to see what is the best amount food and best proportion of different nutrition can have the best impact.
I am also interested in the question “Numerical difference between digital vs physical interactions?” some one raised in class. I also want to do this — I can track it on a notebook every day and do a data visualization at the end of tracking.