Man Tracks His Own Heart Rate During Marriage Proposal

Proposing marriage to someone can really cause a spike in your heart rate, and Redditor sesipikai can prove it. When he decided to pop the question to his girlfriend while they were visiting the Colosseum in Rome, he simultaneously monitored his heart rate. Sesipikai shared the good news (she said yes!) on the subbreddit “Data is Beautiful” as well as a chart that detailed his beats per minute (BPM) from start to finish.

Using a Sports Tracker Heart Rate Monitor belt, he recorded the precise numbers and plotted them on this line graph. It highlights about 40 minutes, and sesipikai begins the data at walking into the Colosseum, followed by ice cream, and then the proposal. Pre-proposal, his heart rate stays relatively close to the mean BPM of 95.8, but once he starts to utter the all-important words, it suddenly jumps to 131!

Sesipikai explains to his fellow Redditors how he created the graph. After collecting the necessary info, he exported the data to an XML file. He then constructed a thorough timeline in Microsoft Excel and pinpointed its most important parts. Now, he has a sweet (albeit geeky) way to remember the moment.

sesipikai Reddit post
via [Distractify]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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