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Bracelet connected app: all addicted to "quantified self"

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Bracelet connected app: all addicted to "quantified self"

Nearly 1 out of 4 French possess a self tracking tool, to 1 in 2 in the United States.

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It became an obsession for Alice, 25, a creative advertising agency. Every day, she connects to Walkmeter a pedometer app that evaluates the distance traveled and the number of strides it has made ​​in the day. "This is a drug! I check my stat daily." Calories burned, toasted cigarettes, alcohol drinks consumed, sleep time, brushing teeth ... application that can quantify and analyze our data, plant-and share them on social networks - abound on the Apple Store.

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1 of 4 French would possess a self tracking tool

This phenomenon is quantified self -or "self-measurement" in French-, a term invented in 2007 by two journalists from Wired magazine, which refers to the practice of data mining or data collection. Soon, startup invent new apps and divert everyday objects; as Hapi Fork and intelligent range, which dissects the way we eat -Oprah Winfrey has already ordered the sienne-, or bracelet connected Fitbit, which records all data generated by the body. Nearly 1 out of 4 French possess a self tracking tool, to 1 in 2 in the United States.

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Share performance on networks

"I can not help but share my performance on Facebook", says Laureen, 28, Press, runneuse addict FuelBand, the bracelet connected Nike. Mania Ronan Chastellier, author and sociologist, calls "ego own trip to upper class, in the continuity of Selfie, which not only affects the physical, but the essence of the body", adding: "A do we really need a virtual coach to eat and sleep?" If the measurement objects longstanding -the ancestors being the thermometer and balance- they now claim to have a preventive function or curative.

At a time when we control the contents of his plate and where we practice mindfulness, it seems logical to want to control his body. For now, the effectiveness of these gadgets is unproven. However, many professionals agree that they improve on a small scale, the quality of life. But they might as well rot ...

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