Can your iPhone help you lose weight?

Graydon Carter, the editor in chief of Vanity Fair, weighed in this month on the “Quantified Self” movement. The Quantified Selfers, he tells us, with a hefty serving of snoot, are a “younger growing demographic” of people “who like to record and share every aspect of their lives no matter how inconsequential.”Where past generations had film cameras, scrapbooks, notebooks, and that part of the brain which stores memories, we now have a smartphone app for every conceivable recording need. The thing is, all that time you spend logging and then curating the quotidian aspects of your daily life is time taken away from actually doing things.There is just so much to unpack in Carter’s dismissal, one hardly knows where to begin. There’s the dig at current generations, who presumably lack the part of the brain that stores memories. There’s the implicit certainty that curating one’s life isn’t actually doing anything, suggesting that in spending your time logging data you deprive yourself of some greater chance at capturing life’s essence. And then there’s the sweeping arrogance of the phrase “no matter how inconsequential.”Continue Reading…


Can your iPhone help you lose weight?

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