When law student Koby Soto's boyfriend broke up with him, his heart was torn in two.
As Soto explained to BuzzFeed News, he had been planning on taking a break from studying to hang out with his boyfriend — before his boyfriend called him and said that things weren't "working out."
"I'm a geek myself, having [written code] for a decade and founding my own startup so I like logging and tracking anything I can," Soto told Business Insider. And his breakup provided for a particularly interesting data point.
Soto was shaken and found that he couldn't sleep or resume studying. He tried explaining to a friend what he was feeling, but thought it would be better to try and show what he was feeling instead.
So, he pulled out his Fitbit app, and, low and behold, it had recorded his heart rate at the moment of the breakup.
The Fitbit app initially registered a resting heart rate of 72 beats per minute, but it skyrocketed to nearly 118 after he received the phone call.
Soto told BuzzFeed that it was beneficial to know what he was feeling was actually real.
"I feel like it's nice to have a log of your confirmation of what you felt ... People become less cynical once you show them the numbers or once you show the data or graphs ... When you have this, it's interesting — you have something to show."
So, if you ever felt heartbreak, know you're not alone. The experience you're having is real, and there are others feeling it, too.