Question 1: Are there any good tools to analyse your own personal search or web history?
Examples of things I am looking for:
- Grouping by content type
- Grouping by website
- Grouping by time spent
- Grouping by "need" that is driving my activity. Be it desire for social interaction, desire to research something, searches relating to household chores and responsibilities, researches related to career or studies, etc.
- Trends on different timescales. What topic was I researching past 30 minutes? What are the set of ideas related to this I have researched in the past 5 years.
- Improving productivity of research. Figure out what all topics I have been researching. Form a map or tree of research topics so I can explore it more efficiently and with purpose.
- Manage multiple needs in a healthy way. For instance social interaction can both be healthy or unhealthy depending on the medium, and persons interacted. Reddit anonymous comment section versus Discord voice call with a friend. Basically better emotional regulation and interaction with the net.
- Manage time more efficiently. Figure where I am likely to waste time. Set appropriate controls.
- Collaborate on actionable insights. If multiple people use the same tool to track themselves, they might eventually be able to form new insights on what kinds of behaviour are healthy or unhealthy. Spending 3 hours on youtube isn't automatically unhealthy, but it could be if you have detected it is acting as a replacement or escape for a more pertinent need. Forming actionable insights from data isn't easy, it shouldn't be a solo journey.