I've got an app to help me make restaurant reservations. And one so I can check the latest news on the go. But do I really need an app to tell me how I'm feeling at this moment in time. Seriously?
I just tried out the "Track Your Happiness" app for the iPhone after seeing some chatter about Harvard researchers using it as a scientific tool to help them figure out the causes of happiness. The answer? Apparently not daydreaming which was linked to unhappiness, according to the researchers looking into this app.
So, how does it work? Basically, I got a text message three random times a day to answer some questions about what I was doing and how I was feeling doing it. Honestly, this was a big pain and totally annoyed me. I mean, I totally get why it has to be random, but it just wasn't my thing. I guess I'm more of a planner. Oh, and I also didn't like having to answer 10 questions each time I got pinged.
I was okay with filling out what I was doing and how I felt on a scale that went from "Very Bad" to "Very Good," but then there were other questions like:
Do you HAVE to do what you're doing?
Do you WANT to do what you're doing?
How many relationships do you have where there is complete trust between you and the other person?
Really? I have to drop everything and answer all these questions now?
At one time, I was eating lunch with a friend when I got pinged and it felt like a rude interruption. Another time, I was doing some housework upstairs while the phone was downstairs and I didn't know I had been pinged until much later. Every time I got pinged, I got annoyed.
And here's the kicker -- because of the app, I now know that I'm happier when I'm doing something I want to do compared to something I have to do. Shocking, right?!
Now, that's just me. If you want to help out with this "Track Your Happiness" research project, you can sign up to be a part of it here. It's free to join, but your phone carrier may charge you for the texts, depending on your service.
Any-who, if I had the time, maybe I would help out researchers with this happiness app in the name of science and all. But to use it as just a tool to track my moods? I can think of other apps I'd much rather use to waste my time.
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