The millennial generation has become obsessed with monitoring themselves and monitoring their ageing using an arsenal of high-tech gadgetry.
We have more and more wearable tech devices, such as biosensors, which have become smaller and cheaper getting us to know ourselves better via tracking devices linked to websites or smartphones to motivate us to make healthier choices.
It seems that we will be slaves of our rubber bracelet that tracks not only how much you move each day, but also vibrates when you have dry skin or when Botox level needs to be topped up. If you’re wondering how old your skin is, you simply check your screen.
Over the course of a few weeks, you can chart patterns of your routine and see where there is room for improvement. It seems that it will be highly addictive because some devices can send you tips and suggestions on how to improve yourself.
The danger is that instead of having real good friends, the high-tech device will be your best friend.
Previously, self-knowledge used to be articulated in words as a consequence of your knowledge and wisdom; now it is the numbers doing the talking and giving you powerful insights into who we really are. Trackers have been described as our ‘sixth sense’ or digital intuition, which can lead to hypochondria and obsession.
On the other hand, the new technology can be very annoying and interrupting on a regular basis. For example, when you eat too fast, when you should have a glass of water, when you to have to apply moisturising cream, or to keep proper posture.
When we have a deeper self-awareness it becomes a springboard to personal change. But if we are too much of a perfectionist, it is very easy to become too obsessed with monitoring ourselves and our habits and we can forget how to enjoy living life.
It is good to motivate ourselves towards realistic and objective targets, but on the other hand, we have to enjoy life and not be a slave to our devices.