Hi, I’m new to this forum but it is possible that some of you will have seen some of my work or even seen one of my talks over the years. Last year I decided to try running my own company full time and have been focusing on a mood tracking app.
I have been trying to target mood tracking towards people who are doing well in their jobs but are starting to question the meaning of their work - basically giving a tool to help people manage a mid-life crisis using data.
However, since I launched I have been worrying that quantified self practices might be just a little bit too “nerdy” or “scientific” for most people to embrace. Personally I think everybody should be tracking their happiness, and have thought so since 2008, but it still feels like a tough sell to the uninitiated.
I wanted to come here and ask what sorts of conversations you might have had with non-QS types about what you do. How do people react? Have you ever managed to persuade someone that it’s worthwhile? Fitbits and Apple Watches are very common now, but do you think mainstream acceptance of something like mood tracking would be possible?
I’ve put a lot of time into this project (I have the data to give you a very detailed breakdown!) but I’m starting to worry that it’s only sunk cost fallacy that’s keeping it alive. I could always try a different audience but my dream has always been to start displacing the Big Pharma and their various mood medications with a software tool. I’m not trying to solve chronic mental illness, I’m trying to give “normal” people a tool that helps them keep aware of their mood so it never gets that serious; prevention is better than cure.
It’s ambitious. It’s probably stupid. What do you think?