Koby Soto, a 28-year-old law student/entrepreneur living in Tel Aviv, found out the hard way that Fitbit--the gadget that monitors your daily activity--is keeping tabs on his heart, for better or for worse.
On Saturday, he was expecting to cram for some exams with his boyfriend of a few months, a fellow law student, when his plans suddenly went off the rails.
"He said that we're going to have to cancel, and I said 'Why?' and he said, 'Things are not working as they should,'" Soto told BuzzFeed News, which apparently didn't have anything else going on. "I said, 'Are you serious? You're doing this over the phone?'"
First of all, only trashbags break up with someone over the phone so you're welcome, Soto. Good riddance, I always say. Second, Soto was a wreck all day--later that night when a friend tried to get him to relax, he pulled out his Fitbit with the intent of showing his heart rate from the pivotal moment:
To Soto's surprise, the app displayed data for the entire day -- starting in the morning, when his average resting heart rate was a calm 72 beats per minute, and from noon onwards, when the call came and his heart rate immediately climbed past 88. It was elevated for most of the afternoon, at one point nearly reaching 118, and finally dipped back to normal levels at night.
He's been wearing a Fitbit for the past five months and uses a number of other gizmos and apps to give his life some semblance of structure and routine. He usually checks the Fitbit after gymnastics workouts, but otherwise forgets that it's even on and tracking him.
While others might feel a little weirded out by something or someone monitoring their every move, Soto finds it oddly comforting.
"I feel like it's nice to have a log of your confirmation of what you felt. You can tell people you have heartbreak and you feel bad," Soto said. "People become less cynical once you show them the numbers or once you show the data or graphs. Everyone understands heartbreak, right? Everyone's felt it. When you have this, it's interesting--you have something to show."
Well, it's nice to know that getting your heart broken is akin to a decent cardio workout, but the real takeaway here is that there's a not-too-shabby-looking Israeli law student/entrepreneur/gymnast out there with a broken heart. Pounce, children, pounce!