The Quantified Self – Measuring To Curate Your Life

Before you decide how to Curate You Life,  you need to have some solid data. How many hours a day do you spend walking? Sleeping? Meditating,  Lower your heart rate?  Until rather, measuring that kind of activity simply wasn’t practical.  But all that changed back in 2007 when Wired editors Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly coined the term “Quantified Self.”  The Quantified Self moment began as a single meetup in San Fransisco with 30 attendees.  Today, the group has grown to include more than 20,000 members in 188 cities.  
The term is easily dissected. Quantified means measurable – finding hard numbers to track how we live our daily lives. The numbers come from devices we carry and on-line experiences and communities we participate in.  A whole new category of devices – wearables – are rapidly becoming the data-collection devices of our lives.  They track how we walk, sleep,  eat, and quickly much more.  With the Apple watch joining  the Fitbit,  Misfit,  Basis Peak,  Moto 360,  Withings Active Pop, and LG’s GWatch R are all finding a place on consumers wrists to track behavior. 
According to Mashable, there are already 40,000 health-related smartphone apps, and 60% of U.S. adults use devices to track exercise, weight or diet.
In New York,  2,381 members of the QS meetup modeled after Wolf and Kelly’s SF meet is growing as more and more people begin to track their life by the numbers.
Today – the QS movement is rapidly moving from the early adopters to the the mainstream market.  A report published in early 2015 by Rocketfuel (  reports that one out of three U.S. consumers currently use some sort of QS tool to track their health and fitness, food, diet, sleep, and mood. 
The report goes on to say 
“Users of QS tools have experienced positive, healthier life changes within the last year than non-users, especially related to eating healthier, exercising more, and being in better shape overall. Wearable device users are more likely to have experienced all of these life changes within the past year relative to website/apps users who don’t use wearably. Most notably they are more likely to have higher endurance, sleep better/more, and run faster/longer distances.”
Rocketfule reports – 

from Forbes – Business
via Abogado Aly Business Consulting

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