How has technology changed our New Year’s resolutions? | ALC Training News

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With the new year right around the corner, it is about time to start thinking about the resolutions you will be setting for 2016. Some people will aim to make a bigger difference in their friend's lives, while others want to expand their job opportunities through an ITIL certification. 

According to The Nielsen Company, the most popular New Year's resolutions in 2014 were:

  • Maintaining fitness;
  • Weight loss;
  • Have more fun;
  • Save more money;
  • Maintain better relationships with family and friends;
  • Be more organised.

It is far from surprising that the top two resolutions are related to physical wellness, as health is a central part of our lives. More specifically, being healthy is a social ideal: you see it in the news, on the television and you talk about it when you socialise at your IT governance training courses.

But, what does the rise of digital devices mean for our personal health?

But, what does the rise of digital devices mean for personal health?    

Technology and health care practices

As the world continues to develop better computing technology, a range of new devices have popped up. These have transformed the ways people build relationships, do business and keep track of their lives. The most visible of these is obviously the smart phone.

Smart phones, for instance, are not simply used for purchasing products and staying connected, app developers have created a range of services that attract health-orientated individuals.

Nielsen's 2014 Health and Wellness survey found that approximately 70 per cent of American consumers said they were either trying to maintain their current weight or were working on becoming healthier. Furthermore, 49 per cent were being motivated by family and friends, while 32 per cent were being driven by things they had seen or heard in the media.

A healthy life is something many strive for. 

Could wearable devices lead to a healthy future?

Another of these new technological innovations is the wearable device. Many people may have seen examples such as the Apple Watch or the Huawei Watch, on the wrists of friends, relatives and strangers.

Could smart devices improve out health?Could smart devices improve out health?

A 2014 PricewaterhouseCooper's report found that one in five American consumers owned a wearable device. The number may be low, but the technology is still in its infancy.

Even though wearable devices may not be on every arm, consumers do have high expectations for them. 

The report found that 56 per cent of those surveyed thought that the average life expectancy would rise by ten years due to these wearable devices, while a further 46 per cent believed that obesity would diminish because people would be able to oversee their vital signs and exercise routine. 

Digital technology is obviously changing the way we keep track of our health. As this is the case, it is important that people are aware of the opportunities that technology can offer. 

If you would like to find out how you can take advantage of technological change, get in contact with ALC Training today to find out more.

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