Jogging the distance

Shannon O'Brien, Florian 'Floyd' Mueller

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People enjoy jogging with others for social and motivational reasons. However, as reported by forum participants, finding a compatible, local jogging partner who shares the ability to jog at the same pace for the same duration is not always easy. One possible way to overcome this challenge is to expand the range of potential jogging partners by allowing for interaction with remote joggers. We investigated whether a jogging experience supporting conversation between remote partners could be desirable and motivating. We conducted an experiment with 18 volunteers using conventional mobile phones with headsets to support conversations as participants jogged in disjoint, outdoor areas. Results show that a simple audio connection supports participants' need to socialize and allows partners to encourage each other.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2007, CHI 2007
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1595935932, 9781595935939
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2007 - San Jose, United States of America
Duration: 28 Apr 20073 May 2007
Conference number: 25th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2007
Abbreviated titleCHI 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Jose


  • Community forums
  • Jogging
  • Mobile phones
  • Social support

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