Quantified breakup

Posted to Self-surveillance  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

A recently divorced woman is using her personal data — phone logs, emails, chats, bank statements, and GPS traces — as her own way to cope with the new situation.

Divorce is hard. 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 in the long run (looking for positive trends within the data!) I hope these web things can help you, too.

Data and charts as a route to clarity. Sounds right.

See also: What Love Looks Like.

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