An investigation into the use of wearable technologies for wellness and health case studying young adults at CMU.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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With the rapid grown of the wearable technology industry has come a vast array of available products to suit almost any individual’s needs. This dissertation investigates and establishes the views that people in the Cardiff area aged between 18 and 30 have on wearable technology and how this technology effects their health and well-being. Whether it is in a positive or negative way and the reasoning behind why they have these views. Research provides evidence of mixed opinions on the effects of wearable technology on its users. This dissertation has since established that the young people from Cardiff Metropolitan University aged between 18 and 30 believe that wearable technology has had very positive effects on their wellbeing and also their health and fitness. The researcher considered the different sectors that wearable technology is being used in and the findings of the research gave the researcher a good understanding of whether people in the selected age group and area believe that there is a future for this kind of technology and what form(s) they would like to see being developed further. The researcher also looked at the advantages and disadvantages associated with wearable technologies. Primary research is presented through qualitative and quantitative means, all data collected was collated and analysed, and ensuring that the projects findings were meaningful. All primary data was gathered through the use of a questionnaire, semi-structured interviews and a focus group interview. The researcher conducted secondary research to analyse and review relevant forms of information and data that relates to Wearable Technology, different forms of Wearable Technology and their purposes and Well-being in general. The findings confirm that Wearable technology has a positive effect on its user’s health and well-being with the Fitbit and Apple Watch being the two most popular devices mentioned by participants. This paper concludes with suggestions for future research.
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