Do Fitness Trackers make you Healthier?  Research Study says “No Evidence of that”!

Do Fitness Trackers make you Healthier? Research Study says “No Evidence of that”!

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Fitness trackers like  Fitbit, Jawbone and Apple Watch are a rage these days.  Everyone wants to have one of these wearables to get healthy.  But do they really work?  That’s an important question.  Specially because the market for these trackers – which includes smartphone apps – is currently exploding!

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One in six (15%) consumers in the United States currently uses wearable technology, including smartwatches or fitness bands. While 19 million fitness devices are likely to be sold this year, that number is predicted to grow to 110 million in 2018 [2]

Now a study shows that data on these wearables does not show any health advantages.  The conclusion of the study shows that these wearables are no more than fads.  Those who get the maximum benefit out of them already have a healthy lifestyle generally.

While many champion wearables as data-rich devices that will revolutionise 21st century medicine, it remains highly probable that, like many technological trends, these mass-marketed gadgets will drift into obscurity. However, given their continued popularity, particularly amongst those who already maintain a watchful eye over their lifestyle, health practitioners may need to prepare themselves for an increase in patients who bring wearable data to their next consultation. This may generate additional confusion and anxiety for both practitioner and patient. More worryingly, the margin of error can be high when patients without medical training attempt to attribute symptoms to a specific stream of data from devices that may themselves be unreliable.

There is no clear empirical evidence that these wearables trackers which monitor monitor movement and heart rate have a long term impact, as suggested by the manufacturers.  It starts as a fad for sometime and then it fades away.

Currently the market leaders for the fitness trackers are:

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Wearable market (Telegraph.co.uk)

 

The main worries in the study are:

  • The wearable experience does not last for the people who use it.   A third of people who buy the devices give up wearing them after six months, and half do after a year.
  • By taking the monitoring of health stats personally may not be a great idea.
  • Since these trackers also upload the health statistics online, there is an issue of the safety and security of personal data.

So if you are planning on buying any of these trackers do make sure that you will first find a way to keep using them!

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