Smartwatches are here to stay, survey shows

A new survey shows interesting results of people's perspective on smartwatches today.

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An Apple Watch Series 2. Reuters

Wearable devices have become an important component of a person's life today. A new survey shows that most people are wearing their smart watches regularly, while only a few are revealed uninterested with the device.

In a new survey conducted by Phone Arena, results show 51.23 percent (996 votes) of the voters are using smartwatches on a daily basis. A smartwatch has become an essential accessory today, most especially among business workers and fitness buffs. It is touted as one of the most useful wearable devices in the 21st century as it can do multiple jobs despite it being tiny.

Most of the latest smartwatches in the market today—Apple Watch 2, Samsung Gear S3, Fitbit Blaze, and much more—offer a wide variety of skills that can take away a huge burden from the users on a daily basis. Get directions, connect to smartphones, use voice search, know the latest news, play music, and do calls and texts are among other abilities one has with a smartwatch.

Despite the abilities that people can leverage from this little device, there are some who remain uninterested in smartwatches. In the same survey, 16.92 percent (329 votes) of the voters say they are not interested in the device. The hefty cost of smartwatches could be the primary reason why people are not buying it on top of many other reasons.

According to a 2014 research titled Outsmarting Proctors with Smartwatches: A Case Study on Wearable Computing Security by the University of Michigan, wearable technologies gives users greater advantage within daily life. The challenge, however, is that "they pose new security and privacy concerns" and "are prone to many of the same attacks as smartphones".

"Many questions arise over the privacy of the data collected by these devices, and their potential to inconspicuously record and stream sensor data in social settings", says the study. "Wearable devices can be maliciously used by their owners to violate existing security paradigms".

Rounding up the said survey, 8.49 percent (165 votes) of the voters admit they have a smartwatch but not using it, while 23.35 percent (454 votes) of the voters say they would like to buy one.

This article was first published on July 29, 2017