Life tracking. It’s a relatively new concept in which individuals use apps and other forms of technology to form data on their behaviors, which can then be used for insight. It was only a matter of time before someone used the idea to track their progress after the divorce papers had been filed. That day has now come in the recent blog post entitled, “Quantified Breakup.”
Interactive editor Lam Thuy Vo tracked Paypal and bank statements, G-chat message timestamps, and GPS data, to learn about her spending habits, sleeping patterns, and fitness levels following her breakup.
She then used that data to plot data points and create infographics giving a snapshot of the effects of her decision to file for divorce.
What the data said about Thuy Vo is not as important as what the process did for her.
‘Things Are Going To Be Okay’
“Divorce is hard,” Thuy Vo writes. “Putting this process into numbers, images and data visualizations is helpful. It yanks me out of these all-consuming moments of sadness and helps me understand how, perhaps as time passes, things are going to be ok.”
Here are the full details specific to Thuy Vo’s situation. As for doing this yourself, here are some options for getting started:
Technology is already making life easier for most people’s day-to-day activities and productivity. It can make life easier after divorce as well. Good luck!