“Skate to where the puck is going.” That’s a common expression here in Canada, largely attributed to hockey great Wayne Gretsky. It basically says if you want to accomplish something, go directly to where it will really count. Or, as I like to translate that advice for the benefit of all you Silicon Valley start-ups working away on developing yet another new self-tracking health app: “For Pete’s sake, go find some Real Live Patients to talk (and listen) to first before you decide where you’re going!”
And as one sage pondered on Twitter:
“Why do we think self-tracking devices will work when mirrors and bathroom scales have so far failed?”
Speaking of Real Live Patients, here’s one who contacted me in response to a recent blog post I wrote about health apps for smartphones: Continue reading →
Yes, darling readers, it is indeed that time once again when all navel-gazing pundits whip up their Top 10 or Best Oflists for the year that is quickly passing. Let’s do that too here on The Nag.
But first, I want to say Happy New Year to all my readers, and especially to those of you:
who choose to share what you like here with friends, family or perfect strangers
who take the time to leave your astute, challenging or sometimes downright funny comments here – I love reading your feedback!
who follow The Nag via RSS feed, Twitter, or email subscriptions (you too can do this just by clicking the appropriate Follow The Nag buttons on the right sidebar of the homepage). I sincerely appreciate your company here.
Have I mentioned how much I love Dr. Robert Cialdini’s iconic book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion?If I ever start believing that I’m unique or different or even a free thinker, Dr. Cialdini’s work has the power to smack me upside the head and remind me that, like you, I’m apparently just a little helpless sheep being compliantly led around by smart marketers.
Here’s a good example from the book: the six psychological shortcuts that guide our behaviour choices. Continue reading →