Ommetje was devised by Professor of Neuropsychology Erik Scherder and shows that people will do anything if it involves competition
A new app has recently become extremely popular across the Netherlands, ‘Ommetje’. A Dutch professor of neuropsychology, Erik Scherder, has devised the app, that hopes to get more people walking each day by adding some competition to the mix.
The UKrant reports that students in Groningen in particular are downloading the app in their droves; whilst it is also the top app in the Dutch Apple app store in the ‘health & fitness’ category. Professor Scherder, affiliated with the VU University in Amsterdam, but also occasionally works for the RUG, came up with the app before the corona epidemic.
According to RTL Nieuws, 824,000 people in the Netherlands now use the app. One of the reasons for its success may also be the fact that the element of competition counts towards earning points: walkers ‘compete’ against their friends, family members or colleagues.