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    News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    A researcher from the University of Mississippi says having a Wii fit at home may not help you get fit, especially if you don't use it.
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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    the whole bloody problem with it is the WAITING!! i'm not gonna spend 45 minutes waiting to do a bit of exercise then get bored of their terrible droney voices.

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Quote Originally Posted by HEXUS View Post
    especially if you don't use it
    it took a university to figure that out?
    we have a wii fit and my Girlfriend loves it = im happy

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    To be fair, you can't argue with that logic.

    I would buy a Wii fit myself for my girlfriend to use, but the ceiling is only 5 feet where the Wii is so I think it could be challenging. Even Wii tennis is a bit of a stretch.

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    To be fair, you can't argue with that logic.

    I would buy a Wii fit myself for my girlfriend to use, but the ceiling is only 5 feet where the Wii is so I think it could be challenging. Even Wii tennis is a bit of a stretch.
    Surely it's not a stretch and that's the problem!
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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Surely it's not a stretch and that's the problem!
    How did I know that was going to happen

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    A researcher from the University of Mississippi says having a Wii fit at home may not help you get fit, especially if you don't use it.
    A Hexus reader from the bowels of the UK says rain may not get you wet, especially if you stay inside.
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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Quote Originally Posted by mycarsavw View Post
    A Hexus reader from the bowels of the UK says rain may not get you wet, especially if you stay inside.
    . did you spend over £1000 on equipment to give away and then take 6 months to come to this conclusion?

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Quote Originally Posted by Prime View Post
    it took a university to figure that out?
    .....
    That was my immediate reaction too .... a classic example of an announcement from the Ministry of the Bleepin Obvious.

    I think I can advance their research a fair bit - it's not just Wii that exhibit that effect. If you give someone a home swimming pool and a fully equipped home gym, their fitness won't increase unless they use it. And if you give it to people that are inherently either lazy, or just not interested in fitness, they probably won't use it. So .... if you want top measure the effects of Wii on fitness, you have to ensure that you're providing them to people that do actually want to use them.

    A corollary of my research is that many new items get used much less once the novelty factor wears off. So perhaps the really illuminating info would be what percentage of Wii owners use it extensively for fitness after the first few weeks. And, from what I remember of statistics modules at uni, a sample size of eight is not large enough to have much confidence in the results.

    I think I deserve an honorary Ph.D for that blinding research and insight. Or at least a free Wii.

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Quote Originally Posted by matty-hodgson View Post
    . did you spend over £1000 on equipment to give away and then take 6 months to come to this conclusion?
    No, but if you're offering I'll PM you my address
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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And, from what I remember of statistics modules at uni, a sample size of eight is not large enough to have much confidence in the results.
    that's what i thought too.. i'm only doing A-Level but in my psychology experiment we got told a MINIMUM of 50 surveys to be completed, we ended up getting over 400 done and we were glad we did.

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Quote Originally Posted by matty-hodgson View Post
    that's what i thought too.. i'm only doing A-Level but in my psychology experiment we got told a MINIMUM of 50 surveys to be completed, we ended up getting over 400 done and we were glad we did.
    I'd have said 30, but I may be out of date. Certainly in my accountancy training, we used to use a minimum sample size of 30 when selecting source documents, like sales or purchase invoices, and depending on the population size, it might well be a lot higher than that, but rarely more than 100. The reason was that an audit is basically an exercise in statistical confidence in the level of errors. And it was mainly about processes and systems, and not so much about amounts. So if you found an error where the value was small, the impact on the accounts might be tiny and the effect not "material", but the implications for the system weren't dependent on the size of the error. If, for instance, someone mistyped £15,000,000.45 as £15,000,000.54, then 9p difference wasn't likely to prevent the bank extending a loan of people buying your shares. But if £15,000,000.45 became £51,000,000.45 via exactly the same mistake, but it occurring in a different point in the number, then the £36,000,000 error would be rather more significant than the 9p. A mistake that may be small financially could be significant in terms of what it says about systems and especially about checks and balances if it went undetected. To get the statistical confidence we needed about the accounts, most sample sizes went from 30 at an absolute minimum, to 100 at the upper end, and rarely larger than than.

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    And, by the way, I think getting a discussion on the statistical basis for a company audit into a gaming thread is quite an achievement. Surely I must be in line for off-topic post of the year?

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Damn it, I have spent tens of thousands on filling my spare room with hundreds of Wii fits because i want to win the 100m gold at the 2012 olympics.... Whilst sat on my ass stuffing my face with pizza and doughnuts...

    Who would have thought that simply owning a Wii fit would automatically make you fit, I didn't think that even Red Neck Yanks or Chavs would be that stupid....

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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    .. and who funded the study?
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    Re: News - Study says Wii fit may not help families get fit

    Come on, it only takes a lot of worldwide corrupt governments and scientists who are after money to prove anything these days. (climate change) hmmmm.

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