Confessions of a FitBit addict

One of the great philosophical questions of our time is this: if a person goes for a run and there is no Fitbit on their wrist to record it, did it really happen? I have been struggling with said conundrum all week, having been forced to go for a lonely jog without my fitness tracker, which had run out of battery.

Good article, if you can read it all by subscribing. It is a conundrum and a habit that is easy to fall into. Once you fall into the notion, however, that actually doing things and eating less works the Fitbit merely becomes a tracker to articulate your progress.

Categories: Fitness, Fitness Trackers

5 replies

  1. When does a “habit” become an obsessive-compulsive disorder? And how far away from OCD is a true addiction, something that changes brain chemistry. Or are they the same? I admit I haven’t done any research.

    Recording what you’ve done is one thing. Certainly useful in tracking progress, like whether you’ve run further than last month or done more reps with weights. But if recording becomes a “thing” in and of itself, then one becomes anxious, tense, guilt-ridden, etc. And if the exercise becomes entwined with the recording, it’s very likely that you quit both because they don’t make you feel good.

    • I guess it’s a balance. It worked for me and I admit that if I do not do 12,000 steps a day and 30 minutes of exercise I will force myself to do it. The stats give me that motivation and feed into the paranoia of keeping my weight where it is now.

      It is kind of OCD, but good for my health at the same time. It’s also a bit of a game which I enjoy playing:)

  2. A bad kind of gamification can happen when you record anything in a systematic way… I’ve been tracking media consumption (movies, books, tv series, and games) and sometimes it’s tough to remember reading for its own sake should be the thing, not just so I can record reading a book.

    • Of course it is worthwhile if you can’t remember what you read 40 years ago. I was looking through a list of science fiction must reads and saw one that sounded very interesting by an author I liked. Good thing I checked my shelves, because there it was. Mind you, 40 years ago the “list” was right in front of you in your library. The problem is when you cull.

      That is one advantage to the digital age. Your list of books is also the list of files.

      • Yeah, but I think it’s telling about life in general. There’s so much of it we forget! But we don’t think of ourselves as forgetting that much of it…

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