Let us fully outsource this one to twitter!
Discuss: Wearables and the quantified self will turn real life into one giant MMORPG.
— Christopher Mims (@mims) September 7, 2014
Given my Garmin watch which syncs to Strava and Runtastic, and my Fitbit pedometer that sits on the other arm – and the fact that I connect these to MyFitnessPal where I log my food via my cellphone, I sort of see where he is coming from. I love my shiny online badges. Furthermore, I believe there is a term for this type of behavioural effect (which acts both as incentive and a form of precommitment depending on its design) – gamification.