An Acupuncturist’s Thoughts on Technology, Health and Community

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Monday Morning Acu-Minute by Karen Johnson

I want to talk about how technology is creating community. This intrigues me. Let’s use the Fitbit as a prime example, because so many people have one.

In and of itself, this activity tracker is an inanimate blinking bit of rubber attached to one’s wrist. However, this wearable technology inspires people to do things, as we have mentioned, like setting and reaching health goals. It also provides incentive and offers a sense of reward.

Health and Community

The Fitbit also indirectly inspires community. How? Because by nature, people want to do things in groups, and most people, by nature, are competitive to some degree. Note the immense popularity of group sports, complete with the fervent desire of players, and fans, to WIN!

Once people have an opportunity to set Fitbit goals, automatically, it seems, many people want to achieve those goals together! I hear stories of friends and family members competing with each other, even over distances, because they can log into a shared site and see how the other one is doing. Then they get on the phone and talk about their efforts.

Officemates work together to reach team goals, get prizes, inspire each other to work a little harder, go a little further.

And I know people compare notes, as in, “How many steps did you do today?”

Many of us like to improve on our own personal best, and if we can pass someone else. . .well that can be really motivating! And along the way, yes, we are getting healthier, and having a kind of fun that is best when shared.

Stay tuned.  More to come.

Wishing you all the best,