Is smart bracelet not only useless, but also makes young peo

2017-09-27 16:54:13

Many people think fitness track products, will be our off the sofa and bed, outside running and the gym to exercise power, after all, money can't white, bought to let it play a role.

But a recent British researchers, according to the results of the latest research in some cases, the smart bracelet type of products and our intention is, in fact, after just buy fresh gradually receded, the it will be a hindrance in our exercise.

Researchers at brunel university in Birmingham conducted an eight-week test to find out whether the wearables actually encouraged teenagers' exercise.

The researchers of the main research focus on elementary school students under the age of 13 to 14, the participants included 44 girls and 40 boys, and respectively from different schools to recruit from the British in north and south.

The students were asked to wear a smart bracelet within eight weeks and use the Fitbit app.

After the beginning and the end of the experiment, answer questions about the exercise and the use of equipment.

Prior to the study, the researchers predicted that wearables could have different forms of positive influence on teenagers and help them improve their interest in physical activity.

But, although the researchers recorded the first week of this product are curious, but from the results of the study, all participants in the report said a lack of exercise of power, even if the sports bracelet to remind also of no help.

The researchers said: "after about four weeks, the students became bored with the smart bracelet.

The evidence suggests that while such smart bracelets can promote physical activity, the effect is only a very short-term effect for students.


Such as smart bracelet of personal goal setting in the 10000 steps each day, and it is very difficult for most people to complete, and will bring additional guilt, which in turn will hinder the more people to achieve goals.

They also said that they chose very little when they were exercising and eventually lost their motivation to exercise.

In addition, in the social ranking function, by constantly comparing with rivals and friends, it also brings intangible negative effects to participants.

The researchers said: "the data from this study suggest that while the goal is good, a healthy lifestyle can have a negative impact on young people's physical activity.

Competition, contrast, and exorbitant goals can only produce short-term incentives.

In the researchers' conclusions, a framework for the study of motivation for youth sports is cited, called the theory of self-determination.

This theory holds that if individual behavior completely changes the will, then the individual is the optimal motivation, so rational behavior will give priority to psychological needs.

The feeling of control motivation is to avoid guilt or social acceptance, or to get rewards or avoid punishment.

Although the researchers point out that Fitbit's wearable devices are functional, in theory, helping young people with basic psychological needs is a self-motivated exercise.

Features such as the application of elements, the ability to set goals, real-time feedback, and messaging, are cited.

In practice, the researchers found that the non-personalized goal of the bracelet was ultimately too harsh and had a negative effect on the standard.

This focus on the same group of goals, the pressures of standardization, and the interest of the user's competitors, has never been able to provide a more lasting motivation for teenagers.

"Our data suggest that similar comparisons are a key factor in the level of impaired ability and autonomous motivation.

Our participants didn't want to achieve their goals more actively, either for fun or for the sake of defeating their opponents.

Study author Dr Charlotte Kerner said.

"Self-affirming forms of motivation are actually more effective in encouraging people to engage in certain behaviors."

Despite the negative results, researchers are still positive about the way smart bracelet encourages people.

For young people, encourage exercise, coupled with the support and guidance, to help the education of young users through personal goals, according to their abilities for personalized data, rather than an utter the pursuit of the comparison with others.

The researchers also emphasized the importance of autonomy in motivating young people to exercise more actively.

"Young users need to be more confident and capable, and their own initiative is the source of motivation to achieve their goals."

The study was published in the journal American health education.