TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A digital research website analyzed data conducted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Internet Use Survey and called Kansas the “wearable technology capital of the United States.”
“Wearable technology” refers to technologies such as smartwatches and fitness trackers. TechShielder, an internet and digital security research site, looked at the survey data and found that the state of Kansas had the highest percentage among other states at 22.47%.
What the study also found is that the use of wearable technology is on the rise. The data showed that 16.19% of people nationwide were using wearable technology in November 2021, or about 50 million people, which is a slight increase from November 2019 at 12.05% and 8.17 % in November 2017.
Kansas is number one on the list followed by:
7. North Dakota: 19.34%
8.Washington, DC: 19.30%
9. Colorado: 19.22%
10.New Hampshire: 18.93%
New Mexico is last on the list, with 11.65% of residents using “wearable technology.”
A TechShielder spokesperson responded to the study, saying, “It is fascinating to see the levels of adoption of wearable technology across the country. These devices have the potential to improve people’s health and well-being, as well as make everyday life easier. The data reveals that some states are much more interested in using technologies such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, but overall the trend is increasing year over year and a significant number of people are using them across the country. It is important for users to be aware of the potential security issues that come with wearing connected devices, and individuals should take steps to protect their personal information when using wearable technology.