n. A compulsion to monitor one's health and fitness metrics, particularly those generated by apps and electronic devices.
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Digital-health industry leaders such as Daniel Kraft, a Harvard-trained physician and medical-device inventor, predict that in the future, "track-a-holism" will be the norm.
—Adriana Barton, “Tracking down the root of our self-tracking obsession,” The Globe and Mail, February 27, 2017
Hi, my name is Allison, and I'm a trackaholic. I track my steps with Apple Health, my calorie intake with Lose It!, and my period via Clue.
—Ashley Edwards Walker, “Fall's No. 1 Do: Red, White, and Blue!” (PDF),, October 01, 2015
On Sunday, February 22, at precisely 16:44, my Fitbit Flex stopped syncing with my iPhone. I just finished 20 minutes on my elliptical trainer and I was feverishly waiting for my workout to appear…I realized I was shackled and gripped by the fear of losing my metrics.
—Raymond Blijd, “5 Confessions of a Trackaholic,” Legal Complex, March 06, 2015
2014 (earliest)
What do the quantified selfers and the obsessive compulsives have in common? We have learned that diligent tracking produces positive results, yet there are extreme barriers to growing this movement. How can we duplicate the behaviors of the track-a-holic and catapult the digital health industry to new heights?
—“Track-a-holism: A Disorder Worth Having?,” Digital Health Summit 2014, January 09, 2014