Fitness Minutes: (226,859)
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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.
Fitness Minutes: (30,218)
16,787 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.
Fitness Minutes: (65,156)
3,035 4/14/12 3:56 P
I like them. Like many others I think they're fun.
Fitness Minutes: (293)
34 4/14/12 3:43 P
Personally I like them, I find them really motivating.
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....
Fitness Minutes: (439)
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.
Fitness Minutes: (18,507)
1,377 4/12/12 8:34 A
Love them! They are a fun way to stay motivated and are a little addicting
Fitness Minutes: (21,430)
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.
Fitness Minutes: (10,284)
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!!!
Fitness Minutes: (14,460)
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.
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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.
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!
Fitness Minutes: (88,756)
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I think they are motivating and fun.
Fitness Minutes: (3,340)
222 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! --Heather
Fitness Minutes: (20,005)
257 4/9/12 11:01 P
I find it entertaining. Does make the site more 'sticky'.
Fitness Minutes: (29,278)
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.
Fitness Minutes: (66,181)
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 Minutes: (58,091)
201 4/9/12 9:51 P
I wish they were worth tangible health/fitness items.
Fitness Minutes: (57,053)
4,956 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.
Fitness Minutes: (817)
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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