What a time to be alive.
Run out of groceries? No need to pop down the shops, Deliveroo’s got you sorted.
Haven’t caught up with one of your bffs in the last few months? All good, hit that fire reaction on her next Instagram story selfie.
Can’t be bothered going out for date night? Woo bae with a literal Michelin-star meal delivered by UberEats and spend a cozy night Netflix and chilling.
Oh, technology. How it’s made life so convenient.
But while convenience has its (many) advantages, the flipside is that our penchant for tech can be, let’s say, a little toxic.
Especially for Gen Zs, who’ve grown up with a smartphone glued to their hands and have an unprecedented reliance on tech compared to older generations.
Some apps – for example, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok – are particularly distracting and can significantly decrease productivity.
In other words, they could possibly… maybe… be making us a teensy weensy bit lazy.
But not all apps.
According to our Gen Z Wellbeing Check 2021 report, fitness trackers like FitBits and Apple Watches are actually motivating Gen Zs to put their phones down and get their bodies moving.
“I find that online workout challenges help me to stay healthy and take care of my body,” an 18-year-old female from NSW said.
“Even when I’m not in the mood, I know that I’ve set a goal for myself so I stick to it.”
In fact, four in ten (39%) Gen Zs we surveyed said they use a fitness tracker, which have experienced an unprecedented boom in sales and popularity.
Of those users, 70% said the devices motivated them to exercise and one in three used the devices to compete with their mates over fitness tracker results.
“Since I got my Fitbit I don’t think I’ve ever hit the target to do exercise at least 5 times in a week as often as I have since lockdown, even if I don’t always reach my step target like when I do yoga instead of a walk,” a 19-year-old female from NSW said.
Perhaps Gen Zs are finally finding a life-tech balance that many people have been missing.