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Video of Piano Staircase in Sweden

Piano Staircase: Cool or Not?

A friend recently passed along this video from The Fun Theory that documents the following experiment: will more people take the stairs over an escalator by making it fun to do? The group turns a set of stairs in a busy Stockholm metro station into a working piano — the idea being that making things fun can help change people's behavior for the better. Was it a success? Check out the video.

I thought that the concept was pretty cool, and it was fun to watch how a set of musical stairs made people excited during their commute. After seeing the video, some of my friends had quite a different opinion, notably: "It's a pretty sad state of affairs when we have to make taking the stairs 'fun.' Are people really that lazy, because I can think of about 100 other things where that money is more needed."

I love making fitness fun, but does my friend make a valid point?

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Advah Advah 6 years
This summer I went to an exhibition where the artist had turned the stairs into a synthesizer (Martin Creed). It was stupidly entertaining.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 6 years
I think its pretty cook and innovative. I mean yes its sad that people would need that motivation to take the stairs but at the same time, at least its helping them make that decision. I think the noise would get annoying after a while though lol.
benheld benheld 6 years
I think it just illustrates that in order for people to keep up with exercise, it has to be fun! There are some workouts that I've done that I've been so miserable during, there's no way I could drag myself to them everyday (ahem, bootcamp). Find something you love, and work at getting better at it.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I always take the stairs, but what's funny is that I would take the escalator in this case because I would be driven crazy by those tones.
FashionablyFitFemme FashionablyFitFemme 6 years
I think the concept is SO fun ~ but at the same time, it makes me SO sad. The lack of motivation to move is only the fault of ourselves. We live in such a "now" society ~ i.e. email ~ no one hardly waits for anything anymore. On top of that, we do as much as we possibly can by using the least amount of energy. Hence elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, etc. Nothing infuriates me more than having to wait for an elevator when I'm with my disabled brother, only for the doors to open & be faced with fully-capable people that are blessed with 2 legs that function well enough for them to walk (unlike my brother). I think it was such a clever idea on Sweden's part. It's kind of like how you would treat a child almost, when they don't want to eat their veggies ~ you mask it as something else. Pretty sad that child psychology is being implemented on grown adults :)
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 6 years
I thought it was a fun idea. If, all of a sudden, municipal governments everywhere decided to change all their public staircases to pianos in the name of health then I'd be concerned. Reality is that we aren't going to move more unless it makes sense for us to do so. It's in our nature to get from point A to point B using the least amount of body-energy possible. If we want to change that, we need to get creative. Contrary to what many in the fitness industry think, telling people to move more because it's good for them isn't enough. We either move because we think we should (which often doesn't last long), because we've found that moving feels good or entertains us or because we're forced to. If we want people to live healthier lives we need to find what motivates them and if a piano staircase is what it takes, then use it.
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