I’ve given a few talks on my work with self-surveillance, and there is almost always someone who asks, “What if someone doesn’t want to know about _____?” Fill in the blank with weight, health, pollution, or whatever. I usually respond with something like, “Then self-surveillance is probably not for them, and they can continue living in denial.” Maybe instead we should just force everyone to bite the bullet and face the facts. That’s what the above bus stop ad for FitnessFirst seems to be going for. When someone sits on the bus bench, the ad shows the the person’s weight on a big LED. Not only is it looking straight at that person, but it’s also up there for everyone else to see. I wish I could get a tape that showed people’s reactions.
Bus Bench is an Infographic of Guilt
Years You Have Left to Live, Probably
The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.
Shifting Incomes for American Jobs
For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.
Life expectancy changes
The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.