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Close to 9 in 10 Singaporeans Report Improved Well-Being From Smart Device Usage, Survey Finds

A lot of Singaporeans are looking to their smart devices to better manage and improve their well-being amid the pandemic, according to a survey by OSIM International. The homegrown health and wellness appliance firm shared findings from its second annual OSIM Wellness Survey on Tuesday, 31 August 2021.

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Over 97.1% of the respondents said that their smart devices have helped them better manage their overall well-being. 88.5% of the respondents went as far as to say that their well-being has even improved since owning a smart device.

About 58.9% of the respondents cited smart devices as being useful in reminding them to practice good habits, while 56% said the devices were helping them inculcate better habits. Some 46.9% also said that smart devices make it easier for them to access individual health and wellness metrics.

"Smart wellness technology is a key enabler for more effective, proactive, and holistic self-care for physical and mental well-being," said Lynn Tan, Deputy CEO of OSIM International. "Today, well-being has become more measurable than before – driven by the wellness technologies that are increasingly being integrated into our lives."

Meanwhile, 52.2% of the respondents indicated that they decided to purchase smart devices during the pandemic to proactively take care of their overall wellness. Some of the reasons cited for the purchase include concerns about physical health and wellbeing as well as wanting to inculcate better habits to deal with the current situation.

There were also 10.1% who stated that they purchased smart devices to accommodate the new work-from-home arrangements.

"As individuals continue spending more time at home, the survey results indicate that a notable number of consumers are already looking at managing well-being holistically, added Tan. “Many are starting from home, building an ecosystem that integrates with their work and play."

"The COVID-19 pandemic has increased our collective awareness of health and well-being."

Almost all of the respondents, 95.4% to be exact, agreed that being able to proactively manage their health and wellness with their smart devices is especially important now during the pandemic.

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With regards to the types of devices that the respondents own and use, fitness trackers account for the highest number at 75.2%. It is followed by health apps at 72.3% and smartwatches at 62.4%. Some respondents also shared that they own smart massage chairs, smart clothing, air quality monitors, smart beds and other smart home solutions.

Not all respondents, however, are completely happy with their smart devices. About 42.1% raised concerns about the accuracy of the statistics being shown. Additionally, 39.2% said that devices don’t have enough smart features. About 34.4% also had doubts about the privacy of their data.

Across both owners and non-owners of smart devices, 55.6% revealed that they want more accurate measurements of their health statistics. Up to 55.1% said they want more user-friendly features, while 47.1% said they want more in-depth data on their wellness. Other additional features that the respondents would like to see include more customisation options, functions that address health and wellness issues and the ability to integrate with other smart devices.

Of the respondents that do not currently own smart devices, 61% said that they would consider purchasing a device to manage their well-being if the COVID-19 situation persists.

OSIM International surveyed a total of 419 Singaporeans online between May and June 2021. The firm claims the respondent pool was broadly representative of the general working population of Singapore.


Written by Kyle Chua


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