Britons are fast becoming a nation of trackers who scrutinize at least seven different areas of their lives. A survey of 2,000 adults found that tracking their step count was the top priority, closely followed by tracking exercise level and energy expenditure.
Others monitor their heart rate, weight and how much they sleep. The most popular tracking devices are now online banking, weather forecasting apps and smart meter displays.
59 percent of those who have a smart meter use it to track how much energy they use at home. It also helps 38 percent find ways to reduce energy consumption. The results were brought to life in a top-of-the-pop style video showcasing the “top tracks” across the country.
The recording and video was commissioned by Smart Energy GB, whose spokesperson Victoria Bacon said: “Technology is very useful when it comes to staying motivated and on top of your lifestyle.
“There are so many devices that people use to keep track of their lives and performance – from telling you how far you’ve run, to measuring your heart rate, to smart meters that show how much energy you’re using around the house.
“With the cost of living rising so quickly, it’s no wonder tracking technology is becoming popular with more and more people.”
The poll found that three-quarters (74%) of Britons now use tracking technology as part of their daily lives, up from 69% a year ago.
Specifically, almost a quarter (23%) now track our home’s energy consumption, compared to 15% in February 2022.
One in ten uses technology to monitor their life several times an hour.
And two-thirds don’t think they’ll ever stop monitoring parts of their lifestyle, showing how ubiquitous this technology has become.
The poll found that nearly four in ten (39 percent) believe technology gives them control over certain aspects of their lives.
In addition, 34 percent feel that observing things makes them more motivated, and a third (33 percent) use this technology in ways they find useful.
Health is a big area for tracking technology – eight out of ten of those who use health tracking apps feel more aware of their wellbeing.
The same number are more likely to notice problems with their heart rate, sleep and fertility than without checking themselves.
And 57 percent of those who monitor their fitness are motivated by seeing how others are doing.
According to OnePoll statistics, another 67 percent feel more competitive with themselves when it comes to saving money and become fitter when they can see the results in real time.
Victoria Bacon added: “It’s no wonder technology helps people feel in control and stay motivated when you can see real-time results and improvements. If you see yourself running 5 km, you might want to run 6 km next time.
“It is also useful when it comes to saving money. Your smart meter’s home screen shows your energy usage in near real-time, which can help you find ways to save.
“In addition, the smart meter automatically sends meter readings to your supplier, so you only pay for the energy you use.”
TOP 10 THINGS ABOUT THE UK CIRCUIT:
- A practice
- Energy consumption (gas/and or electricity) at home
- Heart beat
- calories burned
- buying behaviour
- screen time
- blood pressure
Source: Bel Fast Live