Unexpected team activity during quarantine

At xbird we passively collect behavioral data to improve existing therapies. Sensor data from smartphones helps us understand the relationship between a patient's behavior, the therapy and the patient’s medical outcomes. Since we are testing our technology ourselves, this week we decided to look at the activity data that we’ve been collecting from our team members’ devices to check if we can find out some curious behavioral patterns during the quarantine.

Our team has always been our core testing data supplier and this time we thought that we would see predictable patterns of low activity but received some interesting insights that we couldn’t expect beforehand. We’ll be brave enough to make some assumptions based on the data and will have some questions for the team as soon as we get back to the office. Below you can see graphs where each bar indicates a week and the date below is the first day of that week, change of color reflects the beginning of quarantine.

First of all, let’s have a look at the activity: walking and running distance and exercise time. Just before the quarantine the average weekly walking distance was about 60 km which is approximately 8,5 km per day. The first week of quarantine and home office shows the result of 40 km per week. The reduction of activity in the first two weeks was quite predictable and normal. The curious thing is that it jumped back to almost 50 km after 4 weeks of staying at home. Almost every following metric has the same increase in activity after 4-5 weeks. A possible explanation is that people accepted the fact that this is going to be for a long time and realized that they need activity back in their life. Week number 7 shows us a drop even lower – to 30 km. There is basically no explanation for that as the weather was amazing those days. Or probably the ones who decided to take up jogging admitted that it’s not for them after having a few runs on the 4th week.

Exercise time has curious changes as before the crisis it was from 150 to 240 min per week. Two weeks later it fell to 70 min and after the 5th week it peaked at 220 min which is even more than it used to be before. So probably sharing your wearables daily activity with colleagues motivates you to be more active. This was the week when some of us shared their activity with each other and the competition of completing the activity circles began.

The number of visited places per week expectedly declined to 2-3 places, whereas it used to be up to 11 places per week. Time spent at home has risen to 120 hours while it used to be around 40 hours before the quarantine. In 7-8 weeks time spent at home dropped to 50 hours again and here we have some questions for our team like where they have been all the time.

Each person’s experience is unique and we are not doing exactly the same things while staying at home but it seems that we are all following those 5 stages of acceptance. Knowing that brings positive vibes and confidence that we are never alone with our feelings.