Writer David Sedaris loves his Fitbit. Do you?

In the New Yorker, writer David Sedaris describes how he became addicted to meeting – and increasing – his activity goals. Photo by Keoni Cabral via Flickr Creative Commons

Wearable technology is all the rage these days.

Need proof? Look at the wrists of the people around you. No doubt, several of them are wearing one of those activity-tracking bracelets.

Need more proof? Writer David Sedaris has written a very funny piece about his relationship with his Fitbit for this week's edition of the New Yorker.

The Fitbit – a fancy version of a pedometer – vibrates when you’ve reached your walking goal, he explains. In the article, Sedaris describes how he became addicted to meeting – and increasing – his activity goals.

"I was travelling myself when I got my Fitbit, and because the tingle feels so good, not just as a sensation but also as a mark of accomplishment, I began pacing the airport rather than doing what I normally do, which is sit in the waiting area, wondering which of the many people around me will die first, and of what. I also started taking the stairs instead of the escalator, and avoiding the moving sidewalk."

He increased his goal from 10,000 steps per day to 25,000 steps – or about 10.5 miles per day. His pants started fitting differently, he writes, and his face grew thinner.

He reached 60,000 steps per day - with aspirations for more. But one day, his device died.

"I was devastated when I tapped the broadest part of it and the little dots failed to appear. Then I felt a great sense of freedom. It seemed that my life was now my own again. But was it? Walking twenty-five miles, or even running up the stairs and back, suddenly seemed pointless, since, without the steps being counted and registered, what use were they? I lasted five hours before I ordered a replacement, express delivery. It arrived the following afternoon, and my hands shook as I tore open the box. Ten minutes later, my new master strapped securely around my left wrist, I was out the door, racing, practically running, to make up for lost time."

Do you have a Fitbit? What's your relationship to it? Did you have an experience similar to David Sedaris'? Tell us about it in the comments section below, or e-mail us at Impatient@scpr.org.

If you don’t have one, but are in the market, the New York Times’ Well blog has this great guide to activity trackers.