The Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health was recently featured on the New York Times Well Blog in a post about activity trackers and if they encourage wearers to become more active. The Center for Connected Health's Kamal Jethwani spoke to the paper about the Center's study of people who have been given activity trackers for six to nine months. The study found that people tend to fall into three subgroups of users: "quantified selfers," people looking to make behavioral changes based on the data their activity trackers generate, and users who do not know how to interpret the data.
Activity trackers have become increasingly popular in recent years as the technology has developed and pricepoints have dropped low enough so the average consumer can purchase one. In 2013, activity trackers generated $290 million in American retail sales, according to the New York Times.
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