Life is a Game: a reflection on self-surveillance and how it is used to create a quantified self

  • Sophie Dyson


The Quantified Self can be defined as quantifying our actions and behaviours using numbers by self-tracking. This is used for our own knowledge and to possibly better ourselves. There are countless things which we can track and measure in regards to ourselves e.g. amount of sleep, heartrate, body weight (Lupton, 2016). The Quantified Self relies on individuals finding personal meaning in their personal data. However, the ways in which we may have tracked ourselves before have now been replaced. There are now over 160,000 self-tracking applications and a wide range of wearable devices such as Fitbit, Apple Watch and Samsung Gear (Lupton, 2016).