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RE: Uh oh: "Fitness trackers work best when they mess with your psychology the way social networks do"
I wear an Apple Watch, and it's notification system does seem to make me do "something" I wouldn't have normally done.
For instance, just the other night I noticed I was like "50 calories" from closing all three activity rings, so I got up and ran up and down the stairs until I hit the goal. And yea, I'm sure the calorie counter is not accurate at all, but at the end of the day I did get up and go up and down about 10 flights of stairs when I wouldn't have otherwise done so. Do that enough, and it would surely show benefit.
One ding on Apple watch, no ability to set a steps goal. When I was using my Garmin VivoActive I had a steps goal and it absolutely motivated me to make sure I got my "10000" in. I'd walk around the airport during layovers, walk around the building at work 20 times just to make sure I got there. Without it, that would likely be all sitting time.
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