When I first wrote about Apple Watch after a year, I was positive about it as a fitness tracker, but it didn’t quite feel essential in the way a smartphone does. Wearing an Apple Watch for the first time wasn't an instant revelation like first holding an iPhone.
After two and half years of wearing this tiny computer on my wrist, it has become an integral part of daily life. It has formed habits and deep roots.
Maybe my personality and lifestyle was particularly susceptible to it, but those Activity Rings have completely drawn me in.
I really shouldn't care so much about trying to fill some little circles, but I totally do.
I push myself to get the movement goal everyday. It is hard enough to still give me a small sense of achievement when I do it. 1
I gave up on having a car and walk everywhere to get the exercise goal. I have no intention of buying one again. 2
And, yes, I dutifully oblige in office when reminded to stand up every hour. Because being reminded not to sit down all day is a good thing. 3
Technology improves our lives in many ways, big and small.
Sometimes it can also leave us feeling trapped. We can become addicted to it and our interactions leave us empty and hollow. Like we are losing out on life rather than gaining it.
I probably am a bit addicted to my Apple Watch.
But it is in a way that leaves me feeling more positive, healthier both physically and mentally, and has opened me to exploring the city I live in.
I can’t imagine taking it off anytime soon.