Sunday January 17, 2016

The hidden anxieties of self-tracking

A San Francisco runner maps his daily run with a GPS tracker.

A San Francisco runner maps his daily run with a GPS tracker. (Jason Tester)

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Many of us willingly collect data about ourselves through wearable trackers or apps with the hope that through measuring and charting our life, we can actually control it. But sometimes the very effort of trying to control it causes anxiety.

Researcher Candice Lanius talks about what she calls the "hidden anxieties" of the quantified self movement.