The fun theory

By Nate LaClaire —  October 12, 2009 — 3 Comments

I generally choose the stairs over elevators, ramps, and escalators, but am amazed by the number of people who can walk (and/or need the exercise!) and don’t. I think VW is on to something here. Perhaps if we were to do the same thing in more places, we’d have healthier people. On the other hand, should we need to make using the stairs fun? Shouldn’t change for the better take place as a result of a person’s desire for betterment? On a deeper level, is a change for the better really a change for the better if it isn’t done on purpose? What do you think?

Also, do you take the stairs? Do you think that you would be more likely to do so if it was more fun?

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Nate LaClaire is a Christian millennial web developer and entrepreneur who writes about faith, life, and intentional living. He is lead developer at Home Building Estimates and owner of Netwalker Internet Services.
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  • Joanna Hoyt

    I’m hardly ever in places that contain escalators. Bus/train stations, sometimes… then it depends on how heavy my luggage is and how much walking I’ll have to do after I leave the station.

    I like your harder questions. I wish I knew the answers. On the one hand, enjoying what’s healthy seems good; on the other, relying on gimmicks to make yourself or other people do what’s helpful might tend to hook people on gimmicks…Have you read Alfie Kohn’s book *Punished by Rewards*?

    If I could think of a way to make putting tools, pens, books etc. back in their proper places when I’m finished with them fun, I would probably do it. I am not consistent about doing this well for its own sake.

    I’ve been going into the local school with a STOP AND THINK sign and encouraging students to think critically about sales pitches of all sorts. People have told me I would get more visitors if I gave away candy, but I think this might run counter to the message I’m trying to give…

    • Ha ha! Yeah, giving away candy might lessen the impact of your message… I haven’t read that book, but it sounds good. Thanks for mentioning it.

      I certainly do use escalators and elevators when I have a good reason (such as what you described). I was mostly thinking of the people who choose to take the elevator up one floor carrying nothing heavier nor more difficult to carry than a backpack (many times less than that) and when the stairs are right next to the elevator. It annoys me almost as much as seeing people hit the handicap door opener button rather than giving their arms a very little bit of a workout. I know, those in glass houses…