Ten thousand steps seem to be the preferred number on a daily basis. This little gadget that you wear on your belt or wherever, seems to be revolutionizing personal decisions about where to live or work. I don’t think the number of steps my father took to work had anything to do with where my parents chose to live and raise a family. Commuting distance, of course, played a part but fiscal return was the primary concern with fitness benefits rarely discussed. My father would walk around the Budd Company plant on any given work day, but I believe he was fortified daily with freshly baked pastries and coffee, and never ever thought about counting their steps.
Instead of living in suburbia where motorized transportation became the preferred method of transporting families in the post World War II era, many families (couples) are now looking for residences with a “walkability” factor. Many of these neighborhoods also promise higher home equity down the road, if you can afford to buy there. Recent studies found that the “walkability factor” added more than 72 percent in increased housing value compared with car-dominated developments, where he says prices will fall over time as America ages.
So is Fitbit the cause or effect of everyone wanting to count their steps? Or is it that old competitive spirit that measures our accomplishments against our goals and those of our peers? Only in America?