Fitness trackers

The Conversation: A Boom in Fitness Trackers Does Not Lead to a Boom in Physical Activity

Global sales of fitness trackers have soared from $14 billion in 2017 to more than $36 billion in 2020. The meteoric success of these gadgets suggests that more people than ever see value in keeping an eye on the number of steps they take, the stairs they climb, the time they spend sitting and the calories they burn. An analysis of research published over the past 25 years suggests otherwise.


David Bassett, professor and head of the department of kinesiology, recreation, and athletic studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, explains that despite the surge in sales of fitness trackers, physical activity declined from 1995 to 2017.

So if physical activity levels have dropped at the same time as the popularity of fitness tracking has increased, what makes these gadgets useful? Read the full article on The Conversation.


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Lindsey Owen (865-974-6375, [email protected])