GPS Tracking, Google Maps, Tinfoil Hats, and More!

I feel like I’m one of the few people that enjoys that the GPS on my phone is constantly on and reporting to google exactly what I’m doing at any given moment. I’m the kind of person who likes that they can go back and see what places I’ve been to before, or find out little fun facts like how long a lunch break at a certain restaurant takes, whether it was really necessary to take an Uber home (usually not), or what exactly I did during a drunken night where the details are fuzzy.

I recall the IPA beer flight at Yard House hitting me rather hard.

I’ve got google tracking me all day, I regularly check into Swarm, I go on runs with the Nike+ app, and have location tags attached to all of my tweets. If it wasn’t so meticulous, I would track the calories I eat and compare it with my weight.

I suppose this is the same reason why I’m into data analytics so much. How many people clicked on the article I wrote about underwear for Karmaloop? How many people bought Fitbit shares at the IPO? Is it worth writing more articles about underwear or investing in $FIT? All very interesting stuff to me.

But on the other hand, there’s a lot of people who don’t like this. While Google says it’s “just you” that has access to this data, it’s pretty much accepted that the NSA is keeping track of this just like they have all of your phone and text message logs. I’m not one to say “If there’s nothing you need to hide, there’s nothing to worry about” since I’m not comfortable with people reading my texts either, but in terms of location, it’s nothing that really scares me. Yet still there, are people who won’t upgrade to Windows 10 because of all the tracking data that gets sent to Microsoft, and people who immediately turn off the GPS feature when they get a new phone.

Overall, I think GPS technology and the ability to track everything is great. However I do also believe that those who don’t want to be tracked shouldn’t be required to participate in these services. It always irked me that social media sites like Facebook have been making it increasingly more difficult to hide yourself and not display personal information over the years. Either way, I don’t think Skynet is going to happen, and I enjoy that I can see that I ran 3 miles at a 6:58 pace last Tuesday. Technology is cool, man.

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