Survey says Fitness Trackers are Fun, but Not Necessary to Maintain Health

Fitness tech has become the latest rage in exercise and athleticism. If you work out on a regular basis, chances are you either own a fitness tracker of some sort, or you’ve at least looked into buying one. But according to a recent survey by AndroidPIT, they may not be all they’re cracked up to be.

The majority of respondents – a whopping 67% – agreed that fitness trackers are “helpful” and/or “fun” to have. However, 33% of them also found them to be “unnecessary” for maintaining one’s health. And as most of you budget-minded readers out there will agree, a tech item that is fun but unnecessary is, in the end, a waste of money.

Another 15% of those who responded to the poll felt that these sports wristbands “need to improve a lot before they will be useful”.

In the field of technology, there’s always room for improvement, and always a horde of companies competing to achieve said improvements at break-neck pace. Perhaps in time, fitness trackers will achieve harmonious standing with more athletically minded individuals.

The farthest ends of the survey’s spectrum – those who absolutely love fitness trackers and those who loathe their existence – received the smallest amount of votes overall. 14% boldly ticked the box next to the statement “They’re worthless and I hate them”, while just 5% confidently chose “They’re essential for me to maintain my health”.

Fitness Trackers Poll by AndroidPIT

Chris Marshall of AndroidPIT, a self-professed ‘habitual tamperer with technology’, noted that, “The fitness tracker market does show signs of growing at a considerable rate, with more and more manufacturers taking to the high seas of health and longevity.

“Does this mean that we might start to see the innovation some of you hope for, or are fitness bands inherently limited in their usefulness?” he questioned. “Here at AndroidPIT, we’re curious to see what the next year in fitness trackers brings.”

Reaction to Fitness Tracker Poll

Several comments came in, mostly agreeing that fitness trackers simply aren’t that useful, especially when virtually everyone owns a smartphone. And as one person pointed out, “…just about every new phone on the market comes equipped with one sort of health/tracker app or another pre-installed. If said device doesn’t there are many pay apps or better yet free apps in the playstore to cover all your needs.”

Of all the comment’s the mobile tech site’s poll received, one struck me as being uniquely interesting. A former purchaser of fitness tracking software, he said that he found the wristband to be “ok”, but added “i much prefer the full compliment of fitness software on my galaxy note in S health [sic]”.

He went on to say that he’d owned a Galaxy Note (therefore had access to the S Health app) for about three years, but that it wasn’t until midlife crisis struck a year ago that he actually used it. From then on, he found the fitness tracker/S Health combo to be “a bloody beauty”.

On that note, perhaps the fitness trackers on the market today are best suited for two exclusive categories – professional athletes and sufferers of a midlife crisis.

There’s no denying that both groups put diet and exercise onto the list of high priorities. With that in mind, it shouldn’t be too surprising if developers of such software begin broadcasting ads that target physically fit athletes, as well as the class of slightly-graying 40-somethings.

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