There are two kinds of people: People that love their fitbit, and people that don’t know they love their fitbit yet.
Wearables are great for tracking physical health and fitness – steps per day, heart rate, blood pressure, and on and on. The natural progression is to move toward the more complex tracking of emotional health and wellness.
It’s what they’re doing at the University of Southern California – and if you have ‘nerd level’ interest, there is an interview with the researchers at the end of this post.
Researchers are studying real arguments between real couples in an effort to learn the physiological process humans go through just before a conflict begins. During the study they used wearables to track body temperature, heart activity, and sweat; in addition, they recorded actual conversations, and analyzed them for content and intensity. Researchers say they are working to develop algorithms that can give a five-minute heads up to the person wearing the device… “Signs indicate your body is preparing for conflict.”
There are ‘1984 implications’ for every piece of tech, but on the upside, this shows the potential to really help couples learn about each other, and more importantly about themselves.