I ditched my smartwatch, and I don't regret it

After a choppy start, smartwatches have exploded in popularity and are expected to reach shipments of 230 million units by 2026. PHOTO: REUTERS

(NYTIMES) - My rock bottom was when I caught myself at a nice dinner, transfixed by my phone under the table. I was opening the app for my smartwatch, checking whether the numbers it assigned to my "training status" had improved since I finished my run an hour ago. The numbers had not budged, so I closed the app and refreshed it, frowning a little. Was it broken? My companion asked what I was doing. "Nothing," I lied.

At first, I loved that smartwatch, which I used to get faster at racing marathons. Suddenly, I had metrics on things I did not even realise my body did - lactate thresholds, VO2 max, heart rate variability. Each evening I had a full report, telling me what this device thought of my performance.

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