Soto was wearing his Fitbit when he got a call from his then-boyfriend of a few months, a fellow law student. Soto told BuzzFeed News, “He said that we’re going to have to cancel, and I said ‘Why?’ and he said, ‘Things are not working as they should… I said, ‘Are you serious? You’re doing this over the phone?’”
The breakup brought his heart rate up to the point that his Fitbit actually thought he was working out. His heart rate remained elevated for the rest of the afternoon, in the wake of the breakup.
Soto feels comforted by the empirical data about an emotional experience.
“I feel like it’s nice to have a log of your confirmation of what you felt. You can tell people you have heartbreak and you feel bad,” Soto told BuzzFeed. “People become less cynical once you show them the numbers or once you show the data or graphs. Everyone understands heartbreak, right? Everyone’s felt it. When you have this, it’s interesting—you have something to show.”
The tweet has gone viral, providing a little bit of a silver lining in the midst of the heartbreak. Soto is even getting offers from people who want to get his heart rate going for a happier reason.