From fitness to finance, technology is tracking more and more aspects of our lives, with the younger generation expected to use their devices to keep an eye on everything from their diets to their sleep patterns, but how much of your life do you record?
With pedometers, heart rate monitors and calorie counting apps and popular devices like the Fitbit, around 40% of adults between 18 and 34 are tracking their fitness, along with around one in four keeping an eye on their health and weight regularly. Women are the most likely to use technology to manage their everyday lives, with 79% admitting they find themselves more motivated when using tracker tech.
More than half of young people are motivated by tracking tech say that having easy access to information on a screen is a key factor in staying motivated towards making positive changes. The study also found tracking technology is the second biggest motivator for millennials when they’re seeking to make positive changes across different areas of their lives.
The rise in ‘smart meters’ and other smart home devices mean that Brits can track everything from their thermostat to their fridge, and even boil the kettle from the comfort of your sofa. The recent research into young people was published by smart specialists Smart Energy GB, who are hoping to see a shift in the way young people manage their home lives.
“Three quarters of millennials say tracking their energy with a smart meter could help them take steps to reduce energy waste,” explained Fflur Lawton, Head of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB. “We know that keeping track matters to young people when it comes to making positive changes in their lives, and with lots of young people renting their homes, it’s important to know that smart meters are available to everyone at no extra cost – regardless of whether you rent or own your home.”