As individuals, we are surrounded by data. Our phones, cards, wearables--nearly everything we interact with--is constantly collecting information about us. And yet, we rarely see this data in its complete form. While privacy conversations are changing our view on our own data almost daily, it is still incredibly difficult to track down the immense amount of information we contribute.
For this data art project, I used Fitbit data from a couple to compare sleep habits across a month of their relationship. I was particularly interested in exploring how the existing boundaries of our personal data inform our understanding of ourselves. Looking across their data shows a new perspective on their interactions -- while she sleeps at more frequent intervals, both get similar amounts of rest.
I EXPORTED BOTH INDIVIDUALS’ FITBIT DATA TO A CSV FILE TO CLEAN UP AND PARSE THE DATA.
Here you can see that different device models and napping habits have led to mismatched dates and uncorrelated data fields between this pair.
I TRANSLATED THEIR DATA TO SIMPLE CHARTS.
I used simple charts to look more closely at the couple’s shared data attributes, their minutes awake and minutes asleep. While the person on the right sleeps at more frequent intervals, they also spend more time awake in bed.