How Wearables are Impacting Society

By: Doria Leibowitz - PULSE@MassChallenge

In a world of rising technologies, wearables have made a strong impact on today’s society. Take a walk in any city and you’ll see thousands of people wearing all different versions of wearables. Fitbits, Apple Watches and Garmins have taken over our daily routine. Not only have they proven to be fairly accurate, but it also seems to change people’s perspective on health.

Towards the end of the summer, I too fell into the active lifestyle craze and got myself a Fitbit. It completely changed my life. After the first few days of wearing it, I realized how little exercise I was getting a day and so it motivated me to become more active. I started to go to the gym more consistently, began walking more places and started drinking more water.

While I have to admit that my Fitbit did make me a bit more neurotic, it also made me more self aware of my health. Not to mention how many (or how little) text messages I was getting a day. It helped me realize that I wasn’t getting nearly as much sleep as I should be getting on average, which explained my usual fatigue. And it made me realize that my step count was pretty low, despite feeling like I typically have to take more steps being just shy of 5 feet tall. It even made my workouts more intense; by allowing me to track every move I make, I felt a sudden need to satisfy my Fitbit daily goals and ultimately achieve higher cardio goals.

Wearables and similar digital health technologies aren’t just improving efficacy and making the lives of doctors more enjoyable by keeping us from having the need to go to them; they are actually improving the lifestyle choices of everyday people. From teenagers to elderly, people are becoming more aware of their heart rates, their eating and drinking habits and their exercise levels. Technologies like these could easily be the prevention of obesity and high heart rates because it suddenly brings these habits to everyone’s attention, instead of waiting for their annual checkups. At the end of the day, digital healthcare is ultimately changing our lives and the world for the better.

Author: Doria Leibowitz, Social Media & Marketing Intern, PULSE@MassChallenge