Interview Insights Pattern: People who developed a habit of walking with entertainmentDisclaimer: I really struggled in finding sequences and steps to creating thehabit of walking 30 in my interviews. I want to share my observations aboutMotivation, ability, and triggers though.
Person #1: Male, 50-60 yrs, jugglerPattern: was juggling a ball while walkingReason: “Walking is my only form oftransportation”Motivation:-“If it was more beautiful outside, people wouldwant to walk. Like today.”- “If walking or running was morechallenging/interesting, like juggling, I’d do it”
Person #2: Female, 20’s, studentPattern: was talking on phone (likes to either call, listen to ipod, orfinish up texting while walking)Reason:Alternative way to get to destinationsMotivation:-- “I can get in touch with people I don’t normally get in touch with”-- Walking makes it so that you don’t have to pay attention toavoiding pedestrians, or stopping at stop signs. I have a moment tothink and let my mind wander-“I like walking for fun… fun is not going to my destination in ahurry.”-“I get excited for any walk, it gives me moments to myself”
Person #3: Female, 20’s, studentPattern: was walking with musicReason: “Walking slows things down for me”Habit:- “I don’t like biking as much as walking. When I cameto campus, it was easier to just walk everywhere whenwe started freshman year because of the craziness. Ilearned to love it even more, and even now with mybike, I still prefer walking and getting the chance tolisten to music or make phone calls.”
Interesting ObservationsWhat was strange was that every person who waswalking was being entertained (~4/24 people did nothave entertainment in 10 min of data collection)-people walking alone without entertainment seemedunhappy -What does this say about motivation?- very few single runners without entertainment-Everyone had buddies, music, phones, strollers, dogs,or even juggling balls. -Multitaskinga factor of ability or motivation?