According to a study by the Pew Internet project, 70% of American adults are self-trackers of some kind. But what are they tracking, why, and who is this information being shared with?
Let’s start with getting a better breakdown of what exactly it is that these adults are tracking :
- 69% of adults track a health indicator for themselves or others.
- 34% of individuals tracking use non-technological methods, for example notebooks or journals
- 21% of individuals who track use at least one form of technology like apps or devices.
What benefits do they get from tracking?
- 46% of trackers say that this activity has changed their overall approach to maintaining their health or the health of someone for whom they provide care.
- 40% of trackers say it has led them to ask a doctor new questions or to get a second opinion from another doctor.
- 34% of trackers say it has affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition.
You’ve told us enough about tracking – who do people share this information with?
- 34% of trackers share their data or notes with someone else.
- 52% share with a health professional.
- 22% share with a spouse/partner.
Just so all of these numbers make sense, multiple responses were accepted per person, showing us that many people track different things in different ways ie maybe their weight on paper versus their heart rate they may track using a mobile app. But if you take a moment to think about it, this process of self-tracking can get pretty sloppy if you misplace your notebook, have your computer crash, or just forget. We are after all human.
CaptureProof recognizes that we are all human, and gives us an organized, chronological and secure place for us to store photos and videos of ourselves or loved ones. You can be track things as diverse as:
- if your face cream is actually reducing those wrinkles it guaranteed it would
- if that knee, swollen from a bee sting, is getting bigger or smaller
- if your quest for weight loss is working, and see how via those arduous workouts your body is transforming
- episodic events such as seizures and bad coughs.
You can track whatever you want for however long you want – and as you can clearly see from this study, you don’t need to be sick to be tracking your health! And the best part is, you can share these images with any number of health professionals, friends, family – and all of your personal data is secure.