Dr Nick Tiller, senior lecturer in applied physiology, spoke to The Irish Times about an app which ‘pays’ people to increase their step-count and whether there are long-term benefits of using monetary incentives to increase exercise.
Commenting on the Sweatcoin concept, Dr Nick Tiller said: “Sweatcoin might facilitate a short-term interest in increasing the daily step-count, but what are the long-term implications of this? By externalising subjective motivation – i.e. offering monetary rewards as incentives to physical activity – are we treating the underlying issues associated with poor lifestyle, such as education, time-management, and lack of concern for our own health?”
You can read the full interview here.