Show me your watch and I’ll tell you how you take care of yourself

Show me your watch and I’ll tell you how you take care of yourself

How do we take care of ourselves on a daily basis? To find the answer to this question, Samsung asked more than 1,000 Polish internet users how they rate their eating habits, daily activity, and how they rest and monitor their health.[1] The aim of the study was also to check whether and to what extent technology influences the way we take care of ourselves in basic areas.

Main conclusions of the study:

  • 57% of Internet users are satisfied with their health, but only 34% of them monitor the basic parameters of their body.
  • Smartwatch users rate their health 20 percentage points higher than non-users.
  • The use of electronic assistants contributes to more self-aware care, both in terms of diet, quality of rest, physical activity and preventive medicine in the broad sense.

Diet – theory versus practice

Polish Internet users who took part in the survey were very optimistic about their diet. Nearly 70% of respondents consider their diet healthy, although 40% of them do not pay attention to the caloric content of their meals, a third eat irregularly and 38% eat between meals. Meanwhile, 44% of respondents admit they don’t use any tools to track their calories.

Interestingly, people who use smartwatches daily more often rate their diet as healthy (81%) than those who don’t (62%). Smartwatch users also pay more attention to the caloric value of their meals (39%) than people who do not use smartwatches (19%).

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The study results also show differences in the eating habits of the two groups. Smartwatch users attach much more importance to the regularity and quality of meals and to a varied diet than people who do not use smartwatches. In addition to a good diet, it is extremely important for health to ensure proper hydration of the body. The study found that smartwatch users get enough fluid in their bodies 17% more often than people who don’t use a smartwatch.

We sleep a lot, we want to monitor our rest more consciously, but we don’t know how

Respondents almost completely agreed (90%) that sleep is an important part of our health. According to the study, we sleep between 6 and 8 hours a day on average. Interestingly, 57% of respondents rate their sleep duration as adequate, but only 17% of them have control over their sleep parameters. These are mainly people who use smartwatches. People who don’t have one practice sleep monitoring in only 4% of cases. In this group, almost one in five respondents would like to start measuring their sleep parameters.

On average, one in two people who do not control the properties of their sleep admit that they do not know how to do so, and on average, a third of them say that they do not have the appropriate measurement tools for this. The study also shows significant differences in sleep hygiene management. Smartwatch users, on average, 10% more often undertake activities conducive to better rest, such as regularly airing the bedroom or eating a meal 3 hours before bedtime.

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Smartwatch users are more active

Nearly 75% of all respondents say they engage in physical activity at least once a week. Also in this area, smartwatch owners dominate – up to 19% of them exercise every day (10% more than in the case of people who do not use smartwatches). The most common activities performed by respondents are walking (53%), cycling (43%), gymnastics (28%) and running (26%), and nearly half of them are satisfied with their fitness level.

Significantly, smartwatch owners rate their fitness level better than non-users. Smartwatch users more often indicate that physical activity is an important aspect of their life (77%) compared to non-users (58%).

Smartwatch users also stand out for their approach to competition – up to 66% of them say that competition is motivating for them (20% more than people without a watch). These results translate into the level of satisfaction with their health, up to 60% of smartwatch users are satisfied with their state of health – in the group not using smartwatches, only 41% marked this answer.

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Show me your watch and I’ll tell you how you take care of yourself

Although 57% of the study participants are satisfied with their health, only 34% of them monitor basic body parameters such as blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen level, temperature, weight, BMI, etc. Also in this case, smartwatch users seem to approach their health more consciously – 28% monitor the above parameters more often compared to non-smartwatch users.

It is important to note that the use of electronic assistants also translates into systemic care for your health. It turns out that their users go 11% more often to medical appointments and 13% more often to preventive examinations compared to people who do not use them.

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Smartwatch – if and how we use it

The results of the study show a clear correlation between the use of smartwatches and taking care of yourself. People aware of the impact of lifestyle on its quality use tools that will allow them to measure basic data in the field of diet, physical activity or rest. So why don’t we monitor the basic parameters of our body? 1/3 of respondents do not see the need to do so, they feel good. One in four say they just don’t have the time for it, and 20% admit they don’t have the tools for it or don’t know how to do it or what to be careful of (14%) .

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[1] The survey was commissioned by Samsung by the agency SW RESEARCH using the online interview method (CAWI) on a representative sample of 1014 Polish Internet users (October 2021). This text is for general information purposes. The information contained herein does not constitute medical advice. Typically, smartwatches are devices intended for general fitness and wellness purposes. They are not intended to be used for the detection, diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition or disease.

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