Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Vitamean app puts your life on the clock

11/20/2018

You know about the Bucket List, right? It's a collection of those things you want to do, or places you want to visit, before you check out, expire or "kick the bucket."

The subtext of the list is that few people make much of an effort to realize their dreams until they're near the end. We all figure that we have plenty of time.

Well, here's and app that might change your mind.

Vitamean is a simple visual expression of your personal lifespan. It uses world population data compiled by the United Nations and tailors it to fit your profile. You enter some basic information -- your birth date, sex and home country -- then it calculates how many weeks you've lived and how many more you are likely to have before . . . you know.

To drive the point home, the app displays a cute animation of an hourglass sand clock. A gray blob at the bottom of the clock represents all of the weeks that have already passed by. The yellow blob above it represents the weeks ahead of you.

If you were born in the early 80s, the ends of clock will look fairly balanced. If you're collecting on Social Security, you'll see that time is, quite literally, running out. 

If the image gets you thinking about your life and what's ahead of you, that's what the people who made the app had in mind. They put it this way: "We hope the visualization of this data will motivate people to make positive changes in their lives."

iOS users can download Vitamean for free in the Apple App Store.



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