Fitness Trackers - Helpful or Enablers of Unhealthy Behaviors?
Fitness trackers like Fitbit and Apple's iWatch are an enjoyable techno-gadgets offering some health-related benefits while possessing a dark side of enabling our self-defeating habits. A study demonstrated that making progress on a health-related goal made people more inclined to engage in dietary indulgences (Fishbach and Dhar 2005). It is the idea that by walking 10,000 steps, we have earned that extra "little" treat. We go down this road because the device on our wrist gave us permission; because after all, we walked a little more than usual or burned a few more fuzzy math calories.