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Monitoring; the process of observing and checking the progress and or quality of something (or someone) over a period of time, thus keeping whatever’s being observed under a systematic form of review. Humans have been using this process for millennia. It constantly keeps us, and the people around us, in check. Why is it that we partake in such an activity? One answer is that we want to make sure that we’re “normal.” Societies always create a set rules or guidelines in which people have to abide by via their behavior. In other words, it’s the dos and don’ts of living in your area. Monitoring ourselves and others helps keep us in “check.” However this isn’t always a positive thing. We don’t just monitor ourselves and others in a hushed way, the government also carries out surveillance on the citizens of its country in order to make sure no law I broken, or no potential harm to occur. This of course violates a lot of our privacy. They check phone records, social media, bank account statements, etc. When people think about “big brother” watching them, most get uncomfortable and feel that it’s wrong. However, society is losing that deviance that leads to a negative reaction toward the government (in regards to surveillance) because we’re making monitoring socially acceptable by normalizing it.
It can definitely be argued that “quantifying” oneself is indeed a form of surveillance in modern day society. As stated by Amy Stearns in ‘They’re Watching!... Themselves”, the process of quantifying is the process of monitoring ourselves with the help of technology. With today’s technology we can do things like check the amount of calorie intake after we eat, amount of caloric loss after a workout, get important alerts from apps, etc. Using these resources is a way of checking up on ourselves. We keep ourselves in check. For example, a lot of society is accepts the idea that good looking people are super fit, because of ads, movies,...

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