This Is What A Breakup Looks Like As Cold, Hard Data

This Is What A Breakup Looks Like As Cold, Hard Data

Breakin’ up is, as Neil Sedaka once sagely pointed out, hard to do. But for one recently divorced woman, studying the data behind the breakup was a balm to help her through a tough emotional time.

Quantified Breakup is a Tumblr which mashes up the personal data of the woman in question — phone logs, emails, chats, bank statements, and GPS traces — to help her cope with the life change. She explains:

Divorce is hard. Putting this process into numbers, images and data visualizations is helpful. It yanks me out of these all-consuming moments of sadness and helps me understand how, perhaps as time passes, things are going to be ok in the long run (looking for positive trends within the data!) I hope these web things can help you, too.

The resulting blog is full of charts, maps and visualisations that illustrate the breakup. Here are a few highlights.

Recording Changing Sleep Patterns

Mapping Cathartic Exercise Sessions

Visualising Retail Therapy

You should go read the full blog over at Quantified Breakup for an insight into how a little geeking out can help heal a broken heart. [Quantified Breakup via Flowing Data]