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JOY73YL Posts: 1,405
4/15/12 6:02 P

Just the greatest program

SLLEE1961 Posts: 2,277
4/15/12 5:51 P

like it

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (186,410)
Fitness Minutes: (95,253)
Posts: 8,757
4/15/12 5:46 P

They WORK for me!

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)

AUSSIEJAN2 Posts: 2,940
4/15/12 4:32 P

good idea

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not. Proverbs 4:5
J2740LOU SparkPoints: (256,976)
Fitness Minutes: (252,358)
Posts: 3,775
4/14/12 5:35 P

For some it's motivating, for other's it's a learning experience, for some it is an outlet for their competitive spirit, for some it keeps them in touch with others. Sparkpoints serves many purposes.

TRILLIANTOO SparkPoints: (40,959)
Fitness Minutes: (30,218)
Posts: 16,790
4/14/12 4:13 P

I used to like them a lot, but now they've added ways to get points for so many things I feel like I'm missing out because I can't or won't do certain things ...

like email, my internet connection is really slow so I don't bother with email, so that's many points a day I'm not getting which annoys me (also annoys me that many of the challenges I want to participate in send emails vs. Sparkmails ... keep it in Spark folks!)

Or like Facebook. I refuse to tie in my anonymity here on Spark with people who know me in other circles on Facebook. They don't need to know my struggles or my journey. It just seems like a manipulation of us by TPTB at Spark to advertise for them.

And with the slow connection trying to get points means I spend a lot of time on my butt staring at the computer screen instead of living life. I, too, seem addicted to the points, but I spent far less time chasing them with fewer options. With the fewer options I spent QUALITY time on Spark, not clicking through it fast to get to the next one to get my points cuz it takes so gosh darn long to get through all my points options.

I actually learned things.

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"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf

"Don't give up, just keep giving." character Sam on Touched by an Angel, episode Indigo Angel

"Keep Moving Forward" Disney/Pixar's Meet The Robinsons

"There is no problem that cannot be solved by chocolate" - Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
CRYSTALDANCER SparkPoints: (81,917)
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Posts: 3,051
4/14/12 3:56 P

I like them. Like many others I think they're fun.

SARAHBACKTO52KG SparkPoints: (2,303)
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Posts: 34
4/14/12 3:43 P

Personally I like them, I find them really motivating.

AUSSIEJAN2 Posts: 2,940
4/14/12 3:07 P

Good motivator, fun thing.

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not. Proverbs 4:5
UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
4/14/12 3:04 P


MYSHADOWKNOWS SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (3,391)
Posts: 497
4/14/12 2:54 P


NEWKAREN43 SparkPoints: (0)
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Posts: 2,071
4/14/12 12:32 P

I love SP Points! Yes, there are a lot awarded for sitting but a lot are awarded for fitness and making good food choices too...and we have to learn...

MARANATHA32 Posts: 856
4/14/12 11:24 A

emoticon them. I think they are fun and helpful

JASTAMPER11 SparkPoints: (57,189)
Fitness Minutes: (34,953)
Posts: 2,323
4/14/12 10:58 A

I like the sparkpoints. I also don't redeem them very often but do think they help and are fun.

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MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
4/14/12 10:26 A

I like them.

4/12/12 7:38 P

I have thousands of points & have only spent a few. I'm not real big on the design layout, since I use a laptop I have to scroll down go get to content on almost every page. I swear the site is designed by webbies that have nice big 17" or larger screens. Grrrr....

Eva - Portland, Oregon USA
GIANT-STEPS SparkPoints: (65,408)
Fitness Minutes: (439)
Posts: 3,641
4/12/12 7:11 P

Sparkpeople is supported by advertizing. The more time we spend on Sparkpeople and the more we click on the more money Sparkpeople makes. Points are ways to get people to hang out here more. It is kinda' manipulative but I suppose it is better than being charged for the service.

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,853)
Fitness Minutes: (18,507)
Posts: 1,377
4/12/12 8:34 A

Love them! They are a fun way to stay motivated and are a little addicting emoticon

4/12/12 7:58 A


Life begins today.
Life has an expiration date.
Live in the moment.
WELLNESSME09 Posts: 7,634
4/12/12 7:43 A


Ane Marie
Hamilton On.Canada Est

Once you know how you can work on reaching your goals and what you are willing to do to reach them, there is only one step remaining. DO IT! MAKE YOUR DREAMS HAPPEN!

NEUSERIVER Posts: 1,474
4/12/12 7:27 A

they're great

You get credit for what you finish, not what you start.

When things go wrong, don't go with them.
Elvis Presley
RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,011
4/12/12 6:51 A

I think they are good motivators and get you hooked on the site. Plus if you don't like the sparkpoints that don't reward an activity then don't click on them.

CYNTHIACYNTHIA1 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (1,511)
Posts: 62
4/12/12 6:33 A

I haven't quite figured out what to spend my spark points on, but I like them.

TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,185
4/12/12 5:40 A


LOSTLIME SparkPoints: (74,331)
Fitness Minutes: (21,430)
Posts: 19,221
4/12/12 5:08 A

I like them. They keep me on the site and reading articles that I normally wouldn't read. I like
to interact with other people on the site. I like to read what their opinions are. They keep on track whereas I would have given up at my first plateau.

FITZYMAX SparkPoints: (12,710)
Fitness Minutes: (10,284)
Posts: 659
4/12/12 4:06 A

I love the points - they motivate me and keep me motivated in a way I haven't been for years. I know they don't have a tangible purpose but hey ho while it's working i'll be back to collect those points!!!

SPIFFDEB SparkPoints: (28,059)
Fitness Minutes: (16,230)
Posts: 1,483
4/10/12 1:53 P

I like the points. It keeps me thinking about living a healthy lifestyle through reading the articles, etc. I also like that the points give the ability to give spark goodies to others as encouragement or as a 'thank you' when others take the time and effort to encourage me. emoticon

" You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. "

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,260)
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Posts: 1,065
4/10/12 1:40 P

I can see where many would think they are "fun" but to be honest, they don't make much difference to me. I kind of feel that nobody would care how many points I have (and I don't have many because I don't do things to purposely get points. For example, if I want to walk today, I walk because of the benefit I know I get from walking, getting spark points for doing it is not going to be make any difference at all to me (just being honest).

I have not really studied how the points work and what the benefit would be if I got a lot of them. At times I have thought maybe I should look into it further, because when it comes to chances to win "real" prizes (not virtual trophies) that is more likely to catch my interest.

With all that said, I know many find the points motivating and fun so for that reason, I think it is a great addition to the site even though it is not motivating to some (like me).

I think communication and real, live support, tips, recipes, and making connections is the biggest real benefit I get from Sparkpeople.

DIETER27 Posts: 7,007
4/10/12 10:20 A


4/10/12 10:19 A

They are incentive for people to keep coming back. If it were only for my purposes, I would care less, but anything that helps give people a reason to come back is a good one in this case.

4/10/12 10:15 A

I usually am NOT a fan of "extrinsic" rewards but in this case I DO enjoy them. That said, I am NOT obessed with them.

(note: this reply was worth 3 points! LOL!)

SHARRONBURNS SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (205)
Posts: 226
4/10/12 8:21 A

Love it

NEUSERIVER Posts: 1,474
4/10/12 6:36 A

love em!

You get credit for what you finish, not what you start.

When things go wrong, don't go with them.
Elvis Presley
TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
4/10/12 6:30 A

They make tracking and logging FUN!

4/10/12 6:29 A

They are motivating! The points keep me active on the site and physically. I read news articles and learn new ways to be healthy or new veggies to try. They seem silly at first but they really get you involved in the weight loss journey!

KKKAREN Posts: 12,223
4/10/12 6:15 A

I think they are motivating and fun.

HMATTAX SparkPoints: (12,537)
Fitness Minutes: (3,340)
Posts: 223
4/10/12 4:06 A

Here is my take on them:
I know they don't add up to anything tangible.
I know that they really make no difference.
I also know that I am hooked on achievements.

Mentally I know it doesn't make sense--but neither did spending hours playing a video game to get those much-coveted-and-totally-worthless "achievement points". Perhaps it has something to do with my personality (easily addicted: food, games, gambling--you name it). Do I know it is worthless? Yup. Do I know that it works for me as a motivator? Yup! I will take any small motivator I can get!

I feel a little rush every time I get to a new level or "win big" on the points wheel (heck, I even won an exercise dvd on the wheel). My husband--who has a less addictive personality--also sees no use for the points, but he praises them for being something that can motivate me. Something tells me that many people on the site may be like me--easily addicted--and can turn the focus from food to motivation to earn points (most of which are earned by activity and tracking, both of which are great for weight loss).

In short: To each their own motivators, and whatever works works, even if it makes no sense to our brains!

EOWYN2424 Posts: 6,779
4/10/12 2:35 A

I find them fun and they do encourage you to get your exercise in, and to think twice before eating anything becoz you're tracking it.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
4/9/12 11:25 P

I like that you can buy things for others to encourage them, i like the points

Starting to like the new me!
Waiting for my garden to come to life!
AMYNYNJ SparkPoints: (59,180)
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Posts: 1,127
4/9/12 11:14 P

I love the points system. It keeps me coming back and the most important features are rewarded the highest points: drinking water, tracking food and exercise make up the bulk of my points.

JENNNY135 Posts: 1,115
4/9/12 11:12 P


Petra, Calgary, Alberta

"Do or Do not, there is no try.", Master Yoda
MIKEINOH SparkPoints: (22,919)
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Posts: 257
4/9/12 11:01 P

I find it entertaining. Does make the site more 'sticky'.

CROWLEY123 SparkPoints: (34,393)
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Posts: 1,518
4/9/12 10:57 P

Seriously? How is this even remotely like a gambling game?
At first I used earning the points as a means to learn my way around the site. Very useful.
I use them now to measure how much I've learned, and to help me stay involved and informed with the SP community.

I find them immensely rewarding.

~ ~ Terri ~ ~

My goal is to have more fitness minutes than SparkPoints!
I strive to be a body in motion, each and every day.
REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (35,936)
Fitness Minutes: (66,181)
Posts: 7,159
4/9/12 10:03 P

It's a sorry society that needs to attact people with a type of gambling game to keep interest in something that should be 101 interest until the day we die..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 4/9/2012 (22:05)
Fitness is a battle, welcome to the frontline.
Suit up and fight for your life. War is war, no matter what front your fighting..
SCORPIOCANDY SparkPoints: (23,618)
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Posts: 201
4/9/12 9:51 P

I wish they were worth tangible health/fitness items.

Life is nothing without love!
LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 17,578
4/9/12 9:39 P

I wholeheartedly agree.
I USED to sit here for an hour or more and chase all the points I could.

Now I spend that time MOVING and burning calories. I am here maybe 10 minutes total a day.

�We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.�
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
~ 7 Years in T
JOY73YL Posts: 1,405
4/9/12 9:27 P

It works

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
4/9/12 9:20 P

Nice but not necessary

RITZIBROWN SparkPoints: (81,517)
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Posts: 4,962
4/9/12 9:08 P

Send to SP who've reached goals, are celebrating a birthday, Sparkversary, holidays, just because. Use them as rewards for myself for reaching goals with notes in the comments page as reminders.

TIFFIELOULOU SparkPoints: (0)
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Posts: 16
4/9/12 9:04 P

I'm all for tracking your fitness and food intake, and some of the articles can be helpful as well as the recipes, but as far as accumulating points to win "trophies", when the majority of the points are paid out for sitting at the computer and NOT working out or cooking, I'm not sure it's necessarily helping anyone achieve their goals. I think the website has it's pluses, but the encouragement to gain points that in the end don't determine the number around my waist or the one reflected on the scale, is definitely a minus in my book. What's your take?

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