Wearables are neat, but they can’t do the work for you. A recent study confirms what we’ve been saying: These devices are great for facilitating change but not so much for driving said change.
The Journal of the American Medical Association study concludes:
Although wearable devices have the potential to facilitate health behavior change, this change might not be driven by these devices alone. Instead, the successful use and potential health benefits related to these devices depend more on the design of the engagement strategies than on the features of their technology. Ultimately, it is the engagement strategies—the combinations of individual encouragement, social competition and collaboration, and effective feedback loops—that connect with human behavior.
Wearable Devices as Facilitators, Not Drivers, of Health Behavior Change | The Journal of the American Medical Association
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