"The Quantified Self movement searches for universal points and scores and payoffs, but doesn’t acknowledge the systems behind how those are valued, who chooses them, what they mean, and who they leave out — often the already overlooked and marginalized, like caregivers and other low-wage workers."
I’ve experimented with several QS systems for some time, but have recently found myself in different circumstances than those I was in when I began my relationship with those technologies.
I’ve become increasingly frustrated by QS devices and systems that assume that, for example, losing weight or exercising more is the holy grail to happiness. What if your situation is different? For example, you’re underweight, injured or have another condition that means these parameters are not only incorrect but could be harmful? These services are inflexible and arguably perpetuate social assumptions.
So I was very pleased to discover this quote from this wonderful long-term analysis of what quantifying the self has meant in the context of gender politics and modern society.
From Amelia Abreu’s 24 Feb 2014 article, Quantify Everything: A Dream of a Feminist Data Future.