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Canadian How did he succeed in turning you off that little gadget? Interestingly, David Sedaris, in his recent book Calypso, has quite a funny piece about how Fitbit managed to feed his obsessive-compulsive tendencies. I think the essay would make you laugh!


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Michelle Keill Canadian wrote: "How did he succeed in turning you off that little gadget? Interestingly, David Sedaris, in his recent book Calypso, has quite a funny piece about how Fitbit managed to feed his obsessive-compulsive..."

He talks about the implications of who might potentially use that data at some point in the future (governments, insurance companies, etc.). He also spends a great deal of time questioning why we even bother doing it. And from what you've said here, the last thing I need is something making my OCD worse! ;-)


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Canadian That’s really interesting. I didn’t even consider data collection. Does the company actually track Fitbit users? This sounds like an interesting book.


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Michelle Keill Canadian wrote: "That’s really interesting. I didn’t even consider data collection. Does the company actually track Fitbit users? This sounds like an interesting book."

I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised as it would be hugely valuable, especially to insurance companies. The book also talks about the issue of wellbeing in the workplace, which was also really interesting.


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Canadian Michelle wrote: "Canadian wrote: "That’s really interesting. I didn’t even consider data collection. Does the company actually track Fitbit users? This sounds like an interesting book."

I don't know, but I wouldn'..."


That would be interesting. So often these workplace wellness programs are such a joke—you know, wellness for increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, cost effectiveness etc. I don’t know what’s gone wrong exactly. Were people always so stressed? Is it due to a lack of civility and technology?


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Michelle Keill Canadian wrote: "Michelle wrote: "Canadian wrote: "That’s really interesting. I didn’t even consider data collection. Does the company actually track Fitbit users? This sounds like an interesting book."

I don't kn..."

This book suggests boredom and also talks about the impact our competitive society has on us. I think you'd enjoy this book.


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