Once we get a fitness tracker, we rarely take it off, right? “We sleep with it, we run with it, we wear it at work and while taking a shower, and we go to bed wearing it,” Somdip Dey, Embedded AI computer scientist at the University of Essex, UK explains of becoming one with our devices.
So–what’s wrong with that? “The one thing that we should never do while wearing a fitness tracker is to wear it all the time, no matter how much we love it or how much we are attached to it,” he warns. Why? Find out what leading tech experts say are the scary downsides to wearing yours everywhere:
Times When You Shouldn’t Wear Your Fitness Tracker:
If You're Getting A Rash
"Fitness trackers are a great tool in motivating you to get fit and lead a more healthy lifestyle," Burton Kelso, The Technology Expert, tells us. "One of the things you need to do when wearing your Fitness tracker, is to not wear it all of the time," he warns. "It's a great idea to take a break from your tracker from time to time to give your arm and skin a rest. When you keep these items on all of the time it's possible you could break out in a rash or experience other skin irritations."
To Shower & Sleep
Somdip Dey, Embedded AI computer scientist at the University of Essex, UK agrees with the risks associated with wearing your trackers everywhere.
"When you wear the fitness tracker during your shower or bathing routine, the soap/chemicals collect in the pressed region of the tracker," he warns to us. "Where the chemicals damages your skin over time, often leading to rashes or similar issues. So, when you take shower or sleep, it is better to put your tracker on charge or on the table and let your skin enjoy the freedom during that period." Noted!
If You're Feeling Sick
"Take off your tracking device if you're experiencing any kind of pain or discomfort. Even if it has been a tough week and you're feeling especially exhausted or stressed out, take it off. Why? Because, in the near future, insurance companies are going to use that data to make predictions about your future health, and can raise rates or even deny you coverage based on it," James Song is the CEO of Shadow Foundry, a blockchain innovation group, tells us. Say it ain't so!
And it's not just your illness that they'll be tracking. "If you wear the tracking device all the time, they'll know if you exercise regularly enough to counteract any current health issues, for instance, or they'll be able to determine how often you eat or how angry you get during your commute. If you don't want to give them that data so they can use it against you, don't collect it."