It’s amazing all the great new ideas really bright people keep coming up with to integrate social media into more aspects of our lives. Then there are some others that give me pause.
I just read about two new bathroom scales that will give you your weight and body mass index (your body-fat percentage) and offer other useful features such as keeping track of your daily weigh-ins on your computer or smartphone. So far so good. But here’s the deal breaker for me — both have Wi-Fi capability that allows them to also post the results on your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts.
I don’t want my friends and business associates seeing that I didn’t resist those three huge meatballs with my spaghetti last night. And I think they don’t really care to watch me seesaw up (mostly) and down (occasionally) in the never-ending battle to maintain my weight. Public humiliation may work for some people, but not for me. My embarrassment will only cause me to eat more.
I’m not even sure even my immediate family members need to know what I weigh. Aren’t there still a few things about our bodies that we should only disclose to our doctors? How much of our private lives are we willing to share with close friends and passing acquaintances?
Nice try guys, but I’ll settle for a scale that keeps my weight private.
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