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02 01 16

Milestones

We recently celebrated the new year, a fairly significant milestone to many.

Looking at it like that, we humans sure do like setting milestones, commemorating events that happened, and setting hard numerical goals for when something becomes worth it or whatever. Think about it. We celebrate the change of years, events that happened exactly X years ago. We celebrate the millionth pageview, the thousandth blog post. Not to mention the first hundred kilometers on your fitness tracker or the 365th consecutive day you did sports to get fit.

The scope of our data collection may have grown explosively over the past years, but it’s something we’ve always done to some extent. Before language was even a thing we recorded events, some more significant than others, for future reference. I think setting milestones is a byproduct of our apparently innate desire to record and track. And it’s more strongly manifesting now, in the information age.

On the one hand, this allows us to better see our accomplishments. On the other hand, they may be drowned out by the achievements of others.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 04/01/2016 (7:56 PM)

    I still haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Being organized and setting goals – a good thing. Measuring numbers so intently you dwell on them – a bad thing. It seems like that’s why a lot of people fall off the wagon with things like New Years resolutions.

    “I lost 5 lbs this week! Now I’m going to set a goal to lose 5 lbs next week and officially make it 10! (next week) …Wait, I only lost 3? Okay, well 5 next week! And I’ll still celebrate the 10 marker! (next week) Only 1 this week? Ugh, this sucks, I quit.”

  • 03/01/2016 (5:57 PM)

    Thisb is true. You think about how things would have been 4,000 years ago, qwhere only the very biggest events and accomplishments would be remembered for any time at all, and compare that to today, where your facebook timeline can show you what you had to eat every day and what you were listening to.

    I have the means of recording everything. Now I just need some accomplishments. Maybe in 2016!

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