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I just took a vacation from my Apple Watch — and you should too

There aren’t many occasions that I’ll deem important enough to remove my fitness tracker. In fact, in the past few years, it’s only been the weddings of my sister-in-law and my best friend that forced me to leave my Apple Watch 7 (or my Garmin Fenix 7) on charge, and not on my wrist. I am, well and truly, obsessed with tracking all elements of my health — from my steps to the amount of time I’ve spent standing or sleeping, but recently, I’ve started to wonder if this is a good thing. 

While tracking your health and closing your rings is undoubtedly motivational, it can also be addictive. In recent years, new studies (opens in new tab)have looked into the negative effects of health tracking technology, in particular on developing unhealthy addictions to the trackers on our wrists. 

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