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Stress Trackers – Not Quite Ready for Prime Time
The New York Times published “Taking the (Often Imprecise) Measure of Stress” in 11-16-15. This is a fairly long and detailed article that several new, and pretty expensive, devices that claim to track the wearer’s stress level and to provide data to help reduce the stress. To cut to the chase, the article finds that most of the devices are not very sophisticated. There may be the potential for more sophisticated devices to provide more accurate data and to help with more effective interventions (perhaps recommending a mental health consultation for high or persistent levels of stress is one possibility which was not discussed). One stress expert is quoted to be skeptical of these devices, and to recommend a low-tech response to stress symptoms, taking a short walk.