My counter argument was that yes they are not perfect but they are far better than nothing for the average person, and that having some data (yes which might not be 100% accurate!) was motivating millions of people to improve their fitness levels and lead less sedentary lives. Which I said was "a good thing" not just for the users but for society as a whole, and the various Health Systems, which theoretically could see less people coming through their doors with ailments caused by being overweight and unfit. Though I will accept there could be an increase in people with bad knees, ankles and skin rashes etc!
We should also realise that our Health Services are benefiting from having to treat less people and they have not paid for our Fitness Trackers, so users have self funded a cost reduction for the Health Service, another win.
My final point was that no one seemed to be interested in quantifying the GOOD things that were happening due to the rise of Fitness Trackers, only sensationalist negative stories.
Well it looks like I was wrong. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the Official Technology Partner of the Virgin Money London Marathon, has release a report that looks at the positive impacts of Fitness Trackers.
They have come up with some "by the way" interesting stats too, like, men spend more than women on their devices (kinda guessed that would be the case) and one in ten people put their tracker on their pet to make it look like they have done more!!!! You naughty people!!
Anyway, I'm not going to paraphrase the whole report here, you can read it yourself at: