Lately, wearable tech is all the rage in helping people lose weight and keep track of their healthy routines.
These devices, which you normally wear on your wrist, measure everything from your heart rate to physical activity, temperature and even mental well-being.
Wearable tech is rapidly expanding. Experts say some 19 million devices will likely be sold this year.
Popular brands include Fitbit, Apple Watch, Jawbone, Garmin and Mio.
But is wearable tech really making you healthier?
It’s not an easy yes or no …
Research done by Lancaster University, the University of the West of England and Nottingham Trent dove into the rise of consumer health wearables.
The researchers said:
"Devices are marketed under the premise that they will help improve general health and fitness. But the majority of manufacturers provide no empirical evidence to support the effectiveness of their products."
Around a third of users stop wearing these devices after six months, and half after one year.
Image Credit: Fitbit Surge & Apple Watch Sport
Dr. David Ellis of Lancaster University said:
"For chronic conditions, wearables could effortlessly provide detailed longitudinal data that monitors patients’ progress without the need to involve more sophisticated, uncomfortable and expensive alternatives.
"For instance, it is possible to identify the severity of depressive symptoms based on the number of conversations amount of physical activity and sleep duration using a wearable wristband and smartphone app."
Long term benefits of such devices have yet to be proven in research.
What the research is finding is that these devices are not very accurate in their data.
The researchers said:
"The reliability and validity of wearable devices is also concerning. Recent comparisons between various wearables for tracking physical activity showed large variations in accuracy between different devices — with error margins of up to 25%."
That’s a very large number when it comes to your health, which leads me to agree with doctors when they urge caution with these devices.
We would love to know the experience Uncommon Wisdom Daily readers have had with wearable tech.
Have you noticed positive benefits to your health, or has your wearable tech been a disappointment?
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