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10 Things Wearables Have Taught Us About Ourselves

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Perks Trump Privacy
A worker types on his laptop while wearing Fitbit. A study showed less than half of Americans had privacy concerns about wearables in the workplace. Mark Cacovic /Getty Images
A worker types on his laptop while wearing Fitbit. A study showed less than half of Americans had privacy concerns about wearables in the workplace. Mark Cacovic /Getty Images

Wearable devices collect enormous amounts of personal data. And by syncing these devices with our smartphones, we're uploading reams of highly personal information about our every move, nap and meal into the cloud.

For most of us, the convenience of wearable fitness trackers trumps any concerns over information privacy. In fact, we're willing to give away even more personal data if it comes with a perk.

For example, a recent poll by consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 70 percent of consumers said they would voluntarily wear an employer-provided fitness tracker if it lowered their health insurance premiums.

Americans lag far behind the rest of the world when it comes to wearable tech adoption in the workplace. According to a 2014 Kronos survey, 82 percent of adults in India and Mexico, and 81 percent in China have worn smart headphones or smart badges at work, while only 20 percent of U.S. workers have used similar workplace devices [source: Kronos].

Even though U.S. workers are slower to adopt workplace wearables, it's not because we're afraid of Big Brother. According to the Kronos poll, a third of U.S. adults had no concerns at all about wearables in the workplace, and only 44 percent cited privacy as a potential issue [source: Kronos].


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