“So, what’s your biggest weakness?”
“Firstly, that’s a stupid fucking question.
Secondly, my biggest weakness is the weakness that I’m not aware of, and that I can’t compensate for. The weakness that I know about is a weakness that I’m probably already doing something to rectify, even if it’s subconsciously. The second I become aware of a weakness, it stops being such a weakness and becomes something more like a project. I have plenty of those, but they’re not really weaknesses, perhaps more like future strengths.
Anyway, why are we even talking about this? Do you think that I am likely to give away the secret that I’m a child molester or a terrorist or something in a job interview? Surely your processes would have weeded me out before then? Or is that a comment on the inadequacy of your screening that you need to ask me directly whether I’m a criminal, rather than rely on your HR department to do the right thing. What kind of an organisation is this, anyway?”
“… We’ll call you.”
I recently got a FitBit. I have something of a weakness for technology (even frivolous technology), and I sometimes do Sporting, so this was a good match. Even better was that I effectively got it for free after trading in some old games at JB Hi Fi.
Leaving aside for a moment the fact that most of the things that this device does are also done by my phone, and the fact that it’s only of marginal utility as a wristwatch, it’s quite cool. It feels like very new and basic tech though, I expect much flashier and smoother versions will be out soon. Some of the software is distinctly wonky, which really shouldn’t be the case in something that costs $150+.
The most useful part for me is the sleep monitoring function. It uses silent, vibrating alarms to wake you, so that your loved ones don’t have to suffer through your perky ring tone at 0530. Even better for the Quantified Self nerd in me, you then can access a log of exactly how badly you slept during the night on your phone. It’s been honestly enlightening. I’ve always gone to sleep really easily (too easily), but two weeks of data shows me that I usually average around 30 minutes of restless sleep per night. If I want to feel good the next day I need to plan for around 9 hours in bed.
The device tries to convince you that you should get into competitions with your friends to see how many steps you each can take, but frankly that’s not going to happen.
Overall, a decent device. Probably not worth paying for though unless you’re into endurance sports (especially running) or have a morbid interest in your own sleep.