BEHAVIOR, CHANGE?
Reflections on collecting my personal data.!
!

@holgerd!
mail@holger-dieterich.de
EXPERIMENT 1/3

•

What did I do?!

• How

did I do it?

• What

did I learn?
WHAT DID I DO?

• Curious

about quantified self, I started tracking in
January 2012 (without any concrete goals).
EXPERIMENT 1/3

• What
•

did I do?

How did I do it?!

• What

did I learn?
FITBIT ULTRA
photo: Amazon
FITBIT ULTRA
photo: Amazon
HOW DID I DO IT?

• Wore

a FitBit Ultra day and night

• Jan

2012 - July 2012

• Nov

2012 - Sept 2013
EXPERIMENT 1/3

• What
• How
•

did I do?

did I do it?

What did I learn?
FITBIT ULTRA
CC BY-NC-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-s-y/8043464454/
WHAT DID I LEARN?
•I

am a very ordinary human.

•I

do not walk enough, but my sleep is good.

• Charging

and syncing th...
-> BEHAVIOR, NO CHANGE
EXPERIMENT 2/3

•

What did I do?!

• How

did I do it?

• What

did I learn?
WHAT DID I DO?

goal: 

10.000 steps per day

• New
JAWBONE UP
photo: Jawbone
JAWBONE UP
photo: Jawbone
EXPERIMENT 2/3

• What
•

did I do?

How did I do it?!

• What

did I learn?
HOW DID I DO IT?

• Told

my wife about it.

• Tried

to enjoy walks even if they where not to have
some cappuccino or cak...
Go for more walks (red lines)

My iPhone trail (via trail.meteor.com, data: moves-app.com)
Go for walks

Places I’ve been to in central Berlin (via 4sqmap.com, data: foursquare.com)
EXPERIMENT 2/3

• What
• How
•

did I do?

did I do it?

What did I learn?
EXCURSION:
FITBIT VS. JAWBONE UP
Daily Steps by Tracking Device!
35000!

Fitbit Ultra!
30000!

Jawbone Up!

steps!

25000!

20000!

15000!

10000!

5000!

...
Nightly Sleep by Tracking Device!
700!

FitBit Ultra!
600!

Jawbone UP!

minutes of sleep!

500!

400!

300!

200!

100!

...
STATWING FTW!
STATWING ANSWERS

• „There

is no statistically significant difference between
steps fitbit and steps jawbone“

• „sleep

ja...
Variables

Median

Standard
Average
Deviation

FitBit Ultra
Steps

10542

11087.7

4847

Jawbone
Up Steps

10352

11003.4
...
Standard
Average
Deviation

Variables

Median

FitBit Ultra
Sleep
(h:mm)

6:49

6:55

1:00

Jawbone
Up Sleep
(h:mm)

7:07
...
END OF EXCURSION.
BUGGY :(
• Jawbone

broke, waited
one month for
replacement, no data for
August.

• June/July

data was
missing in CSV exp...
WHAT DID I LEARN?

• Data

missing

• Fitbit

& Jawbone Up get the same results for me

• „Honey,
• But

did you make your...
-> BEHAVIOR, A LITTLE
CHANGE
EXPERIMENT 3/3

•

What did I do?!

• How

did I do it?

• What

did I learn?
WHAT DID I DO?

• Get

a routine to achieve 10.000 steps per day.
RUN & MEASURE CHANGE

photo CC BY-2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lehnin78/6786019820/sizes/l/
EXPERIMENT 3/3

• What
•

did I do?

How did I do it?!

• What

did I learn?
TEMPELHOF AIRFIELD

photo CC BY-2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/belenko/6938718103/sizes/l/
HALF MARATHON
Berlin Half Marathon plan on runkeeper.com
WITHINGS SMART BODY ANALYZER
photo: Withings
HOW DID I DO IT?

• Committed
• Measured

to a workout plan

my body fat every day

• Entertained

myself while running
EXPERIMENT 3/3

• What
• How
•

did I do?

did I do it?

What did I learn?
I CAN RUN REGULARY
Comparison 111 days before/after start of running
Variables

Median

Average

Standard
Deviation

before

7948

8960

4565...
My body fat since I started running

via trendweight.com, data: Withings
WHAT DID I LEARN?
• Seeing

any data is a motivating reward.

• Seeing

change is extremely motivating.

• Other

„runners...
BEHAVIOR, CHANGE.
CONCLUSION

•I

am not a machine, but technology helped me as a
nerd start doing sport.

• My
•I

data should be mine and ...
BEHAVIOR, CHANGE.
Reflections on collecting my personal data.!
!

@holgerd!
mail@holger-dieterich.de
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Three small experiments with activity trackers fitbit ultra and jawbone up. Goal: 10000 stpes per day. For the Quantified Self Meetup Berlin on January 2014.

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  1. 1. BEHAVIOR, CHANGE? Reflections on collecting my personal data.! ! @holgerd! mail@holger-dieterich.de
  2. 2. EXPERIMENT 1/3 • What did I do?! • How did I do it? • What did I learn?
  3. 3. WHAT DID I DO? • Curious about quantified self, I started tracking in January 2012 (without any concrete goals).
  4. 4. EXPERIMENT 1/3 • What • did I do? How did I do it?! • What did I learn?
  5. 5. FITBIT ULTRA photo: Amazon
  6. 6. FITBIT ULTRA photo: Amazon
  7. 7. HOW DID I DO IT? • Wore a FitBit Ultra day and night • Jan 2012 - July 2012 • Nov 2012 - Sept 2013
  8. 8. EXPERIMENT 1/3 • What • How • did I do? did I do it? What did I learn?
  9. 9. FITBIT ULTRA CC BY-NC-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-s-y/8043464454/
  10. 10. WHAT DID I LEARN? •I am a very ordinary human. •I do not walk enough, but my sleep is good. • Charging and syncing things always sucks. • Measuring your baseline is fun, but only for a few months. • Wait, who owns my data?
  11. 11. -> BEHAVIOR, NO CHANGE
  12. 12. EXPERIMENT 2/3 • What did I do?! • How did I do it? • What did I learn?
  13. 13. WHAT DID I DO? goal: 
 10.000 steps per day • New
  14. 14. JAWBONE UP photo: Jawbone
  15. 15. JAWBONE UP photo: Jawbone
  16. 16. EXPERIMENT 2/3 • What • did I do? How did I do it?! • What did I learn?
  17. 17. HOW DID I DO IT? • Told my wife about it. • Tried to enjoy walks even if they where not to have some cappuccino or cake.
  18. 18. Go for more walks (red lines) My iPhone trail (via trail.meteor.com, data: moves-app.com)
  19. 19. Go for walks Places I’ve been to in central Berlin (via 4sqmap.com, data: foursquare.com)
  20. 20. EXPERIMENT 2/3 • What • How • did I do? did I do it? What did I learn?
  21. 21. EXCURSION: FITBIT VS. JAWBONE UP
  22. 22. Daily Steps by Tracking Device! 35000! Fitbit Ultra! 30000! Jawbone Up! steps! 25000! 20000! 15000! 10000! 5000! 0! 07.06.13! 14.06.13! 21.06.13! 28.06.13! 05.07.13! day! 12.07.13! 19.07.13! 26.07.13!
  23. 23. Nightly Sleep by Tracking Device! 700! FitBit Ultra! 600! Jawbone UP! minutes of sleep! 500! 400! 300! 200! 100! 0! 07.06.13' 14.06.13' 21.06.13' 28.06.13' 05.07.13' night! 12.07.13' 19.07.13' 26.07.13'
  24. 24. STATWING FTW!
  25. 25. STATWING ANSWERS • „There is no statistically significant difference between steps fitbit and steps jawbone“ • „sleep jawbone tends to be larger than sleep fitbit"
  26. 26. Variables Median Standard Average Deviation FitBit Ultra Steps 10542 11087.7 4847 Jawbone Up Steps 10352 11003.4 5042
  27. 27. Standard Average Deviation Variables Median FitBit Ultra Sleep (h:mm) 6:49 6:55 1:00 Jawbone Up Sleep (h:mm) 7:07 7:13 0:56
  28. 28. END OF EXCURSION.
  29. 29. BUGGY :( • Jawbone broke, waited one month for replacement, no data for August. • June/July data was missing in CSV export.
  30. 30. WHAT DID I LEARN? • Data missing • Fitbit & Jawbone Up get the same results for me • „Honey, • But did you make your steps today?“ does help :) walks & festivals are not enough
  31. 31. -> BEHAVIOR, A LITTLE CHANGE
  32. 32. EXPERIMENT 3/3 • What did I do?! • How did I do it? • What did I learn?
  33. 33. WHAT DID I DO? • Get a routine to achieve 10.000 steps per day.
  34. 34. RUN & MEASURE CHANGE photo CC BY-2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lehnin78/6786019820/sizes/l/
  35. 35. EXPERIMENT 3/3 • What • did I do? How did I do it?! • What did I learn?
  36. 36. TEMPELHOF AIRFIELD photo CC BY-2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/belenko/6938718103/sizes/l/
  37. 37. HALF MARATHON
  38. 38. Berlin Half Marathon plan on runkeeper.com
  39. 39. WITHINGS SMART BODY ANALYZER photo: Withings
  40. 40. HOW DID I DO IT? • Committed • Measured to a workout plan my body fat every day • Entertained myself while running
  41. 41. EXPERIMENT 3/3 • What • How • did I do? did I do it? What did I learn?
  42. 42. I CAN RUN REGULARY
  43. 43. Comparison 111 days before/after start of running Variables Median Average Standard Deviation before 7948 8960 4565 after 10795 11176 4528 before: feb 2nd, 2013 - May 31st, 2013 (fitbit), after: sept 12, 2013 - Dec 31st, 2013 (jawbone)
  44. 44. My body fat since I started running via trendweight.com, data: Withings
  45. 45. WHAT DID I LEARN? • Seeing any data is a motivating reward. • Seeing change is extremely motivating. • Other „runners“ greet you on the field. wtf? • Weather •A is never bad. detailed plan helps a lot.
  46. 46. BEHAVIOR, CHANGE.
  47. 47. CONCLUSION •I am not a machine, but technology helped me as a nerd start doing sport. • My •I data should be mine and easy for me to retrieve. should learn R.
  48. 48. BEHAVIOR, CHANGE. Reflections on collecting my personal data.! ! @holgerd! mail@holger-dieterich.de
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