Brooklyn – Expereal, a new app for the iPhone, helps people to track their daily moods over a set time.
The app prompts users to rate their current emotional state on a scale of 1 to 10, represented visually by a splash of water colour that grows larger and warmer the sunnier the user’s mood. Detailed notes can then be added to each entry. The app creates visualisations that represent the user’s feelings over time, helping to establish patterns that might otherwise remain unnoticed.
With its quantitative approach to wellbeing, the app is a radical departure from traditional routes to a deeper understanding of the self, such as meditation or therapy. It is closer to the intuitive fitness trackers that Self-Quants have embraced so enthusiastically, but aims to measure much more abstract concepts.
For more on strategies to quantify wellbeing and its role in mental health, read our Inform interview with Andy Gibson.