New technology tailored to New Year's resolutions

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 9:34am

It's almost 2012 and that means it's time to take out that pencil and jot done those New Year's resolutions. Or maybe just type them into your iPad. That's a growing trend as technology changes how we make and keep those resolutions.

Studies show about 66 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions, but only 17 percent keep them. The themes are usually the more, get fit, and pay down debt. Now there's a growing trend as hundreds of websites and mobile apps surface to help people keep their goals.

Jonathan Weeiakkody's pledged to stop smoking this year. He says an app would be helpful, especially since he keeps his iPhone with him all day. "That would be a good idea actually, now that I think about it. I would definitely use an app," he said.

Ricky Cain's trying to get in shape this year and says his Nike running app has come in handy. "Every mile it tells you your time, your pace you're on, when you're done, and at the end of it, it tells you good job. It tells you to push harder and harder and usually that does good for me," he said.

Most of the apps work the same way, providing encouragements and reminders to the user.  Licensed Professional Counselor Sandi Davis says it's a good idea, in moderation. "The downise is that sometimes we lose communication skills with other people when we depend do much on texting or the facebooking or that kind of thing," she added. That's why she says it's important to pair up with a human accountability buddy, along with the phone in your pocket.

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