If you’ve ever experienced heartbreak, you may know the feeling of struggling to draw a breath; a sudden, sharp pain in your head; your mind fogging over; a pit in your stomach growing ever deeper. Some people have even compared it to dying. As it turns out, they may not be so wrong.
The growing popularity of wearable technology has been much more than an impetus towards the future. People who wear Apple Watches, Jawbones, Fitbits, or other fitness trackers have also discovered what it’s like to be completely and perpetually connected; supremely aware of their own bodies and the otherwise unseen ways they react to various stimuli.
As it so happens, Koby Soto’s Fitbit was hard at work at the precise moment that his boyfriend unexpectedly broke up with him—over the phone, no less—providing us all with strange, data-driven insight into the toll such an emotional event takes on our bodies. Soto told BuzzFeed News, “I wasn’t doing anything, I didn’t go to the gym, I didn’t expect the Fitbit to even track me. It was just on me.”
“When you have this, it’s interesting—you have something to show.”
“I feel like it’s nice to have a log of your confirmation of what you felt.”
28-year-old Koby Soto is a law student and entrepreneur living in Tel Aviv, Israel. Aside from completing his law degree, he’s also co-founded Guesty, a startup designed to help oversee rental properties, specifically on Airbnb.
On January 19, while preparing to go out for the evening with his boyfriend of several months, Soto got the call that all of us in a relationship dread. “Things are not working as they should,” Soto remembers his boyfriend saying over the phone.
Their relationship was over.
By this point, Koby had already been wearing a Fitbit Charge HR for months. A few hours after the unexpected breakup, Soto decided to check his stats for the day in order to show a friend what he’d been going through.
As you can see in the screenshot from his app, Koby’s heart rate skyrocketed following the devastating phone call. It remained elevated throughout the afternoon and into the night.