Anyone who has run alongside or just behind someone on a track or sporting field knows that competition can drive you top perform better. Ands we’ve written before about how gamification can help drive performance but a new study, published in Preventive Medicine Reports, looked at nearly 800 graduates and professional students to see how competition impacted performance.
The researchers collected data from the participants via a website. Unbeknownst to the students, the researchers had split them into four groups – competition, team support, team competition and a control group – to test how different kinds of social networks affected their exercise levels.
The results showed that competition was the strongest motivator, with attendance rates 90% higher in the competitive groups than in the control group.
You can read the full report here.