According to the results of recent research conducted by Gallup, approximately one in every five Americans presently uses a fitness tracker. When you take into account those who use a health app on their smartphone, the percentage jumps up to nearly a quarter. Approximately 10% of people use both of these on a regular basis.
The information was included in the annual Health and Healthcare survey that was conducted by the global analytics and consultancy organization. This demonstrates that approximately 45 percent of American adults have used a digital health service or product at some point in their lives.
19% of people who use fitness trackers say the device is either very useful or somewhat useful in monitoring their health and activity levels.The majority of those who say the wearable is beneficial believe it is either very helpful or somewhat helpful. Those who make use of health and activity apps on their smartphones report an even higher level of satisfaction. This comprises software that monitors a variety of health metrics, such as fitness, nutrition, stress, and sleep. A total of approximately 29% of users believe the apps they make use of are extremely helpful, while a further 53% believe they are somewhat beneficial.
It should not come as a surprise that in both instances, present users are more likely than former users to report that the goods are useful. The number of respondents who selected either “extremely” or “somewhat” as their answer for this category was a staggering 92 percent for applications and an astounding 85 percent for wearables.
It is interesting to note that, according to the numbers compiled by Gallup, a greater percentage of women than men use a tracker, although a greater percentage of males use a health app. It would appear that men, in comparison to women, are more inclined to continue using health apps.
It should come as no surprise that households with a greater income are far more likely to adopt digital health goods. In point of fact, people living in households with an annual income of more than $100,000 are twice as likely to make use of products of this kind as those living in households with an annual income of less than $100,000.
Last but not least, the findings of this study indicate that younger generations are more open to embracing new technology than older generations. It is estimated that men and women under the age of 55 are approximately twice as likely as those above this age to have used these items. The survey found that males over the age of 50 are the least likely to use a fitness tracker or health app out of the four gender-age groupings it examined.
There is no question that we are developing a heightened awareness toward our health, and an increasing number of us are utilizing digital health solutions. Households with better incomes, young individuals, and women are the primary drivers of this trend. According to research conducted by Gallup, people feel that health applications and wearable trackers can assist them in achieving their health goals.
In the future, we anticipate that these numbers will continue to climb. According to a report that was just released by IDC, the future seems promising, particularly for ear-worn gadgets and smartwatches. Wearable technology shipments are expected to exceed 305.2 million units this year, representing a 71% increase over the previous year. The total number of wearable devices shipped will reach 489.1 million units in 2023, representing a 22 percent annual growth rate.