Body Scale With Affirmations Instead Of Numbers

 

affirmations scale

The Yay! Scale doesn’t have any numbers, but rather words like “hot,” “ravishing,” and “cute” that are meant to make you feel good about yourself. Over at IFTF’s The Future Now, my colleague Jason Tester weighs (ahem) the benefits of such a device. From Future Now:

What if devices could return quantitative measurements as qualitative and personalized results? Continuing with the example of weight, is it more motivating to see just a number (178 lbs) or a number with feedback (178 lbs::You’ve gained a little) or no number and just motivation (OK, so you’ve put on a bit since last time…) The new crop of smart scales (see here or here or here) all chart your progress, and some will automatically send your weight to doctors or contacts of your choosing; I wonder if any of them also focus on explicit motivational messaging.

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Your Medical Treatment History May Be For Sale

 Your Medical Treatment History May Be For Sale

Many people are getting very nervous about this breach of privacy

The Washington Post reports on the booming business of selling your medical treatment records. Today these are mainly records of your prescriptions, but the data warehouses will soon have records of your lab tests, too. The companies selling these records make it easy for insurance companies to avoid risk by assigning each person a health score, similar to a credit score, or by flagging items in each person’s history that suggest chronic or potentially expensive health problems. It’s not just for insurers, either; employers who check applicants’ credit scores will surely be interested in their health scores as well.

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China: Education Not Delivering ‘Results’

China: Education Not Delivering ‘Results’

About 10,000 Chinese college students look for a job at a job fair in Changzhou

Four in 10 Chinese complain about the yawning gap between large investments in education and its returns, a recent nationwide survey has showed.

The Horizon Research Consultancy Group polled 3,355 residents aged 16 to 60 in both urban and rural areas, including seven metropolises such as Beijing and Shanghai. The survey found that only 16 percent of respondents believed their investments on education gave good returns.

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