Anyone who had access to my data, like a spouse, could tell when I was exercising. Most importantly, they would know if I was having sex — and how intense it was. Indeed, I inadvertently discovered that people knew whether I was engaging in sexual congress after I gave my health tracker data to a friend and he wryly quibbed about my night time activities.
Here, for example, is the calorie burn profile of weight-lifting at the gym: Sex looks quite different: Were I married, my wife might like to know why I burned calories between 1: Many married couples hold joint online accounts for Facebook and email, and even more share their passwords. Anyone looking at my exercise readout that night would instantly know that I was getting a sweaty workout. Skeptical readers may claim that not all infidelity happens at night, and that clever philanderers could simply claim that they were hitting the gym, when they were actually knee-deep in sin hotel.
For reference, the first graph is Bikram Yoga and the second is a spin class. For instance, the makers of BodyMedia tell me that the band has difficulty matching the minute-by-minute intensity of circuit training, like Crossfit, where the body moves from one high-intensity exercise to the next.
I remember a distinctly different experience than BodyMedia recorded that night. Nor can someone remove their health tracker: In fact, the next evolution of health trackers are patches , which never need to be recharged or removed. Of course, in the future, very very sophisticated horn dogs could inject software in their health tracker that gave false readings while they are having unwedded relations.
The End Of Faking It Aside from cheating, there are a few deliciously intriguing twists from living a life of radical health tracking. Transparency is also likely the end of the fake orgasm, since I will know exactly how hard my partner is working. My perspiration blue dots , measured in microsiemens per centimeter the scientific unit of conductivity , jumped roughly fold throughout the horizontal mambo. In other words, I was getting slippery. For techno-optimists like myself , radical transparency in sex is a welcome part of life: For techno-pessimists, it opens a can of worms no pun intended that people would sooner keep closed.
But, like it or not, transparency is coming.