I was just thinking this the other day. funny that someone else thought of it too. It's hard to stay motivated and positive about working out and eating clean when sparkpeople is selling ads to "get skinny quick" companies.
I do think it would be nice if the people selling ad space for SP would be a bit more selective and careful in their choices.
I simply ignore every ad as best I can and never click on them. MAYBE, if the ads were less about "miracle cures" and more about products that SP members could really use and benefit from, it would be different.
"Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people's criticisms, carry out your plan." ~ Paul J. Meyer ~
The way I choose to use SP is to take what I want and leave the rest. We all feed off of different things, what motivates one, may not motivate another. When I scan my emails I sometimes delete them without reading them, others I read every last word. I love that we have options!
I've been with SP for a goodly while now (6+ years) and I've enormous respect for what this site has achieved...
however...the marketing aspect...you sound increasingly like every check-out-line sales pitch. To quote from only three emails received today: "Scuplt your arms in 17 minutes." "5 minutes a day to a better butt." Those are SO misleading, for reasons your site is so careful to explain elsewhere. The mix of messages grows yearly.
I loved this site for its honesty; I'm beginning to lose respect for its compromises.
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