However, when I decided to try MapMyWalk, complexity stared me right in the face, right from my phone. All I wanted to do was plot a few of my favorite routes to get an idea of my MPH. In all fairness, I did discover that I walk about a mile every 15 minutes. An hour a day and I’m at four miles. Simple.
But MapMyWalk wants me to record all my walks; it wants me to compete with myself and with other MapMyWalkers; it wants me to get better. This is NOT simple. I don’t want to record; I don’t want to compete; I don’t want to get better. All I want to do is walk about an hour a day. Unbeknownst to MapMyWalk, I am self-motivated—a phrase not it it’s lexicon.
The good news is that I don’t have to respond to their email prompts.
These self-improvement apps can sneak in and take control of our personal authority and determination if we let them. Recording our moves to get better is what 21st techies are supposed to do. This will creep into our collective unconscious if we let it. However, simplicity is also in my DNA, as is a refreshing daily walk.