So does this mean that fitness trackersan industry that's expected to grow to 50 billion by 2018aren't very good at actually increasing fitness? The authors of the, jAMA article don't go quite that far. There it has sat, forlorn and uncharged, ever since. My experience is apparently not unusual. The authors of a new editorial in the. Journal of the American Medical Association point out that fitness trackers, like the FitBit and Jawbone, only work if they're worn consistently, in the right way, and by people who actually need to become more healthy. Last year I bought a Lumo Lift, a device that tracks calories and buzzes whenever its wearer slouches. I wore it for about two weeks, wrote an article about it, and put it in a drawer. On top of that, they note, more than half of people who buy fitness trackers stop using them. A third do so within six months. And for the rest, consistency is a struggle: An earlier report from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that among people who own any kind of wearable device, only 10 percent wear it every day and 7 percent wear. After Fitbit, 16 percent use a Nike FuelBand, 16 percent use an Apple Watch, 13 percent use Samsung Galaxy Gear, 11 percent use a Microsoft Band, and 10 percent use a Jawbone device.
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