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The uncanny experience of year-end roundups

The uncanny experience of year-end roundups

[ad_1] Features such as Spotify Wrapped confirm that you’re the main character of your internet. Matteo Giuseppe Pani; Source: Getty December 22, 2023, 5:43 PM ET This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. Why are “year in review” roundups so pleasing to users? First, here are three new stories from The Atlantic: The Mundanities of a Private Life Every December, sites and services that spend the year hoovering up personal information spit out a summary of users’ activity. Call it the year-end quantification-industrial complex. The trend isn’t new: As early as 2014, the exercise-tracking app Strava was releasing a Year in Sport feature, and Seamless was summarizing food deliveries. But especially since Spotify hit word-of-mouth marketing gold with its shareable Spotify Wrapped feature, companies of all kinds have been delivering year-end nuggets of data to their users, whether personalized or in aggregate. These summations appear on …