As a response to the rapidly growing Quantified Self movement and the obsession to defy death by keeping track of everything, this project’s questions to what extent do we rely on these methods. How many aspects do we need to track continuously to gather a reliable conclusion? Even if we keep track of many things, numbers tend to lack context. Without saying that self-tracking can be very useful, the Life Expectancy Calculator allows us to stop for a minute and reflect about these practices and their possible consequences.
This project is a questionnaire to determine how many years you have left to live. Instead of calculating this number with a usual method, it proposes that life expectancy depends strictly on the amount of things you track about yourself. In other words, how many things you do to improve some aspect of your life by tracking them down.
The scale is defined by 9 ranges of life expectancy portrayed by a fictional character (see image below). These characters are inspired by the characters in the animated series “Sponge Bob”. They include two easy recognizable characters that represent the extreme ranges. The first one is represented by a version of Squidward looking ridiculously beautiful, as a metaphor of “live fast, die pretty”. On the other hand, a fish jerky on a wheelchair barely living one the highest score in the scale. The rest of the characters represent the different ranges based on the life span of these aquatic animals.
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