We’re the biggest losers when all those counted steps aren’t used for research
The internet of things makes it possible to quantify specific activities, relatable to lifestyle choices, with the potential for positive effects on behavior. The simple argument is that ready access to data, via the quantified-self movement, has a direct positive impact on behavior. I suspect that the positive effects are temporary in nature. As the article points out, we really don’t know without research rated to the effect of sustained behavior modification related to this phenomenon.