There are a lot of technologies being developed in the digital health/mobile technology landscape to address the problem of “medication adherence” (which of note, should be reframed as the problem of “poor healthcare design”). Lots of money has been invested in companies like Mango Health (Gamification for adherence), RxAnte (predictive algorithms for identifying adherence rates), and the Proteus Pill (the pill with a sensor that sends information to a mobile app when the pill hits the bottom of the stomach).
But we are getting push notification fatigue from our mobile phones, so I thought I would share 3 new creative uses of #habitdesign for Behavior Change that could be more effective and be implemented in a much less costly manner. Designer @kellianderson would call this:
Example #1: The use of passwords for #habitdesign
Check out this article by Mauricio Estrella: How a password changed my life.
He used passwords to remind him to change his behavior. Think about it, how many times do we type our passwords everyday multiple times a day?
He typed this everyday for a month:
And he describes its effects:
And guess what happened….I quit smoking overnight. This password was a painful one to type during that month, but doing it helped me to yell at myself in my mind, as I typed that statement. It motivated me to follow my monthly goal.
Example #2: Autocomplete Statements for #habitdesign
Luke Wrobleski sent this genius tweet:
What if you iPhone/Android had all sorts of autocomplete statements for when you are replying to an email or sending a tweet or Facebook post on your iPhone?
#keepupthegoodwork! (We always need more encouragement and less nagging reminders!)
Example #3: A coffeemaker for #habitdesign
Who can live without their coffee in the morning? A much more effective reminder than a push notification from a mobile phone!
What creative examples do you have using the “hidden talents of everyday things?”