The Apple Watch Is Better Than A Fitbit

I Tried Both The Fitbit And Apple Watch, And The Former Was Noticeably Better

My opinion probably won't be popular but at least hear me out.

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A little over a year ago, I swallowed my distaste of having things on my wrist and bought a purple Fitbit Charge. I quickly came to really like it, from its slim design to the way it would display encouraging messages each time I put it on. It would gently buzz three times when I hit my step goal, and it also functioned as a wristwatch.

About six months ago, I switched over to an iPhone and reasoned that when I needed to replace my Fitbit, it would only make sense to switch to an Apple Watch. Two months ago, the time and the price were right, so I "upgraded" or so I thought, to the Apple Watch. I bought a Series 3 with a 38mm screen (this one) and gave my Fitbit and its chargers to my younger sister.

First, the good things about Apple Watch: my Apple Watch is a lot prettier, sleeker, more modern, and more feminine-looking than my Fitbit. My Apple Watch is dressy enough that I don't feel like I need to take it off to go somewhere nice, yet the silicone watch band conveys an unmistakably sporty look.

Overall, I will admit that Apple's quality is significantly better than Fitbit's. (My first Fitbit Charge fell apart as a result of a known and widespread design flaw, and it was like pulling teeth to get them to send me a replacement. They really tried their hardest to get me to accept 25% off another Fitbit product, but after about an hour of negotiation, they did send me a new Fitbit.) Fitbit's products are certainly overpriced for the quality of craftsmanship, and I do not believe that to be true of Apple.

However, I miss my Fitbit, I won't lie. My Fitbit tracked my steps, workouts, water intake, sleep, calorie intake, heart rate, periods, and more in one intuitive app. I could easily find all of my health information in one place. In contrast, Apple's Health app is a mess. I have had to download Eve and Sleep Cycle and set them to sync with Health just to get my sleep and reproductive health data in the same place as my fitness data. As if that wasn't bad enough, I had to set daily reminders on my phone so I would remember to actually use them. Fitbit could do the exact same things Eve and Sleep Cycle do, and it only required one app.

It takes about 3 more steps to record a glass of water in Health than it did in Fitbit. Furthermore, there is no way that I know of to set a default amount of water (like the size of my Yeti tumbler) in Health and record with one click. You always have to record how many ounces it was.

I don't even want to get into how inefficient it is to add food in Health, but I have no choice because it is the actual worst. In Fitbit, you only type in what you ate and change the serving size if necessary (but the default is usually right because it is based on what other users have entered) and it estimates how many calories and how much sugar and fat you ate. Apple, on the other hand, expects me to record what I ate by nutrient. I literally am expected to find out whether there was biotin, calcium, fiber, etc. in what I ate and record it in milligrams. I don't even know what half of these options are, let alone how to estimate how many milligrams of them were in my food.

In Fitbit, you have a straightforward step goal and you get a satisfying little wrist hug if you meet your step goal. If Fitbit is a warm, motherly presence on the bleachers of your life, cheering you toward your goals, Apple Watch is the beefy, red-faced football coach who calls you a maggot. Apple Watch has three rings, one called Move, one called Stand, and one called Exercise. Your orders are to close each ring every day. For example, to close my rings, I have to stand for one minute per hour every hour for 12 hours, move enough to burn 510 calories, and exercise for 30 minutes. (You can change these values if you want.)

Although it is true that this is less intuitive and sleek than just having a step goal, Apple Watch has to ice the cake by mercilessly tormenting you with your shortcomings. If heaven forbid, you want to lie down for a nap, you can count on being nagged aggressively by your Move and Stand rings (each ring can send you separate notifications.) Say what you like about Fitbit, but it never made me feel guilty for taking a nap. If you have a slow morning at home and don't put on your watch until the afternoon, Apple Watch will not only try to push you to catch up, it will snarkily remind you tomorrow if you don't, in a misguided attempt to get you to do better. No one ever improved from hearing about their failures over and over.

And if you do close a ring, you get a ding and fireworks on your watch screen which is fine except it's a lot more jarring than what Fitbit does and it always scares the daylights out of me. I'm just waiting for the day my heart rate monitor on Apple Watch has the nerve to tell me to calm down afterward. (I joke that with an Apple Watch, I don't need a boyfriend, because I already have something patronizingly telling me to calm down every time I'm upset.)

There are some conveniences from my Apple Watch that I appreciate, such as receiving my calls, texts, and Facebook messages on my wrist. And it has helped me to use my phone less because I don't have to pick it up and risk getting sucked into the void just to see if someone contacted me. I wouldn't dare try to use it for an app like Twitter, however, because the screen is so little. (I was going to get the 42mm screen, but unfortunately, I am petite and when I tried it on, it was just too big to look good.) Other reviewers, however, have tried to little avail to load tweets on the Apple Watch.

Overall, insofar as the Apple Watch functions as a smartwatch, I am satisfied, even impressed, but as a fitness tracker, Apple Watch is just not as impressive, intuitive, and motivating as Fitbit. Although its pushy ways have provided plenty of comedic fodder for me to joke about on Facebook, I don't love it. As a customer to whom the fitness tracker function is #1 in importance, this is disappointing.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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Stop Texting And Start Making Memories With Your Partner

You'll blink and your time together will be over.

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Technology is taking over our lives in this day and age. People use their phones for every aspect of their lives and they rely on them way more than they should. People act as if their phones are their lifelines.

They set reminders, the play games, track their food and exercise. You name it, you can probably use your phone for it. They have absolutely taken over everything so it's no wonder why people can't seem to take time away from them.

I will be the first to admit that I have an addiction to my cell phone. It is the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see before I go to sleep. My boyfriend has an addiction to his as well. It's a problem. In any moment of silence, we check our phones or answer texts.

We get so focused on our phones that we will go hours without speaking to each other or making any noise at all. With the already limited time we have to spend together, we really shouldn't be worried about Facebook videos and Snapchat updates.

I hadn't really noticed it was a problem until my boyfriend pointed out that we go days at a time without having a real conversation. I scrolled through our texts and realized he was right.

We had been missing out on weeks of making memories and planning dates because we were too busy being in a committed relationship with our phones instead of each other.

Relationships are about balance and about making an effort to spend time together and make memories. It is about learning about someone so you can fall for them a million times. You can't make memories like that from behind your phone screen.

What happens when your phone dies and you don't have your phone charger? I'll tell you. You're stuck in awkward silence waiting for your partner to get off of their phone.

Or you sit in silence with your partner not knowing what to say or do because you have been treating your phones like lovers instead of each other. That's just painful.

You can't fall in love with your phone and the way that it has grown and changed over the years. Your phone can't hold you when you are sad. It can't take care of you when you are sick. It can't hold your hand in the car or make you laugh. So why choose it to spend time with over your partner?

Do you really want to look back on your relationship years from now and wonder why you don't have any memories? Or wonder why you can't remember anything you've done together?

No. No one wants that. So turn off your phone, put it on silent, hide it away and spend time making memories with the person you love that will last far beyond your phone battery. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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