Hello dear readers. In this issue of XRDS, we hope to bring you a fresh set of perspectives on technology, this time through the lens of global cultures. Our esteemed Guest Editors, Lynn Kirabo and Judeth Choi, have assembled a compelling set of stories that offer critical takes on technology and its potential
to influence (and likewise be shaped by) the cultural context where it is embedded.
We hope you enjoy this perspective-changing issue.
Now... to something completely different!
health, e.g., either by lowering mortality [ 1] or promoting smoking cessation
[ 2]. Longitudinal studies reveal health
factors such as body mass index (BMI)
are highly correlated among people
sharing a living environment [ 3], most
notably among couples. They exhibit
remarkably strong social dynamics,
making them well equipped to motivate each other. For example, research
has shown couples have a higher
chance of accomplishing a goal when
they collaborate, as opposed to achieving the same goal as individuals [ 4, 5].
In addition, couples’ habits also play
an important role in influencing the
health habits of their children. As a result, shared activities among couples
can help develop stronger relationships that can lead to other health and
by virtue of being in a trusting and
supportive environment. Throughout
this partnership, one of the things
that I’ve been fascinated by is how my
partner has slowly but surely nudged
me toward a healthier lifestyle. Today,
I take more steps, I close my Apple
Watch rings more often, and I am eating more vegetables.
This fascination and curiosity has
led me to conduct a high-level survey
on this quirky topic. It turns out this
phenomenon is backed by research.
Among the general population af-
fected by health risks, couples prove
to be a critical segment. Couples not
only influence each other, but their
own habits play an important role
in influencing the health habits of
their household. For example, mari-
tal status is associated with improved
Last week, my partner and I cele-
brated our wedding anniversary (yay!).
As part of celebrating this milestone,
we reflected on our growth throughout the years. No doubt that we’ve
become better versions of ourselves
Article deadline: March 1, 2020
The Power of Two:
Health habits and
the social dynamics