I’m not planning on buying an Apple Watch, but if one just showed up at my doorstep I don’t think that I would send it back. I’m not opposed to wearable technology, I just think the Apple Watch creates a solution for a problem I don’t have.
Not only am I not opposed to wearable technology, but it’s something that I have actually embraced. I’ve had a FitBit for a year and a half; it has definitely become a part of my lifestyle. As much as I never leave home without my cell phone, I also never leave home without my FitBit. And since I got my FitBit Charge, which also acts as a watch, I only ever take it off when I’m in the shower.
FitBit is an activity tracker. There are a bunch of different models that track different things. My FitBit Charge tracks my steps, calories burned, distance walked and flights of steps climbed. In the year and a half that I’ve had my FitBit, I think it has made a positive impact on my health. It definitely makes me more aware of my level of activity and acts as a catalyst to keep from being too lazy. If I get home after a long day of meetings, which usually involve sitting on my butt, seeing that I only have 3,000 steps will get me to go to the gym.
More than a lack of steps, though, I’ve definitely been motivated by the social aspect of FitBit. Like most everything these days, there’s a social component to FitBit. The app allows the user to add and interact with friends, encouraging them and engaging in challenges with them. The challenges are what have really impacted my life. Continue reading