Earlier this week, the Pew Internet Research project released its newest report, Tracking for Health.1 I was excited to see what the survey found, given Tech urSelf’s focus on developing tools to help people track, reflect on, and correlate their life habits with their well-being and happiness.
One of the major findings, which had been previously reported,2 is that nearly seven in ten adults track at least one health indicator. Only one in five trackers, though, use some form of technology to facilitate their tracking. So far, the adoption of health apps has been quite slow and the preference for low-tech self-tracking quite persistent.3
Yet, there is no shortage of companies working on developing the tech tools and gadgets to ramp up tech-based self-tracking. The New York Times article on the latest Pew report quoted Matthew Holt, co-chairman of Health 2.0, as saying “ ‘More than 500 companies were making or developing self-management tools by last fall, up 35 percent from January 2012.’ ”4