Pureprofile survey shows 70% of Australians believe wearable technology has improved their fitness.
SYDNEY: A new survey1 has found the vast majority (70%) of Australian adults who own activity trackers say their fitness has improved as a direct result.
The research conducted by consumer insights specialist Pureprofile shows 81% of people who use wearable technology 2 do so for fitness, and 70% say it’s had a positive impact on their activity levels.
Currently, 20% of the adult population owns some kind of wearable technology, including sports watches, smart watches and activity monitors.
Founder and CEO of Pureprofile, Paul Chan said the launch of the Apple Watch, which officially goes on sale in Australia this Friday, will only fuel the trend. Apple hasn’t disclosed pre-order sales figures for the Apple Watch, but Pureprofile’s most recent survey on Apple Watch buying intentions found that nearly 800,000 Australian adults were considering buying the Apple Watch.2
“What the data shows us is that when people understand more about their own habits – when they can see the number of steps they take in a day, for example – they’re more likely to change their behaviour. And when they change their behaviour and share their success and experience with friends and family, it’s the richest and most authentic form of marketing,” Mr Chan said.
Pureprofile’s survey of 1501 Australians also found:
81% of wearable tech owners said fitness was the main reason they bought it
70% said their fitness had improved thanks to wearable devices
10% of people over the age of 65 own some kind of wearable technology (a further 15% intend to purchase wearable tech in the next 6-12 months)
Wearable technology is most popular among 30-34 year olds (more than 1 in 3 currently own a device)
More men than women own wearable gadgets in general (23% vs 16%)
Victoria is the clear leader in wearable technology take-up, with almost 1 in 4 from that state owning a smart watch or activity tracker, followed by Tasmania at 1 in 5 people.
Queensland is the least interested in wearable technology, with only 13.5% of respondents from that state owning a smart watch or activity tracker.
“At Pureprofile, we help people organise their personal data into a unique profile connecting them to insights about their behaviour. These personalised insights arm people with information about their daily habits that they might not otherwise be conscious of.
To know that 70% of people credit wearable tech with improving their fitness is incredibly valuable. It’s data like this that is ultimately helping more people make better decisions in their everyday life.” Mr Chan said.
2 Defined as an activity monitor, sports watch or smart watch.
3 The Apple Watch online study was conducted by Pureprofile between 27 February and 3 March 2015 among a representative sample of 1,501 Australian adults