Surprise! More people tracking good habits
We’re learning new stuff everyday since we launched HabitWatch, the iPhone app that prompts people to track their habits. Since a week or so ago, we’ve been watching the numbers of downloads (pretty normal & climbing steadily) and number of habits entered (both good and bad).
BUT – the thing that surprised us most was that more people (60%) are tracking good habits (i.e. eating veggies), than bad (40%) (i.e. smoking).
At the onset of this project, we had figured more would be attracted to stopping, not starting, an action. Turns out the opposite is true.
Two hypotheses, and I would love to hear yours: a) People are not motivated to track bad habits because it’s another nagging reminder. Pushing a button after you’ve eaten veggies is a reward, not a punishment. Or b) People who are engaged enough in their health to sign up for a health app are probably healthy already, and thus will opt to be more healthy through good habits.
Either way, it opens up an interesting conversation about the possibilities of improving health overall, starting with people motivated enough to want to be better via tracking good habits. If we could somehow encourage these people to be healthy motivators – in their families, in their towns, in their places of work – what could we achieve from passing good habits along? And how can we make it easier for them to share their habits?