On the psychology of the progress bar

Discussion in 'Rebooting - Porn Addiction Recovery' started by hopefullynotfappin, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. hopefullynotfappin

    hopefullynotfappin Fapstronaut

    The progress bar can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It can tell you you're doing a good job or it can tell you you have a long way to go. But that's entirely under your control. When starting NoFap I decided to use an exponential model for setting my current and future goals, as I anticipated maintaining no-PMO status would eventually get easier and easier. However, my first goal was 60 days. Before that, the longest known time I went without PMO was approximately 30 days, so I was being consistent with my model. However, I started at 0. I ended up making it to 40 on the first go, quickly spiraling down into despair around 38. I prefer powers of two, so after my second relapse I changed my goal to 64. That's still a pretty big number.

    With the exponential model, I realized that after the first goal in an iteration has been reached, the progress bar will NEVER BE BELOW 50%. Therefore it will always be encouraging me (and hopefully you guys!) saying "Look, you already made it at least half way!"

    I'd like to get a handful of others to try this, starting with 2, 4, or 8 days, to see if it is as effective as I hope. Even if it seems to work with me, I'm just one data point.
  2. Booster

    Booster Fapstronaut

    I put my progress bar up, and yea its nice to see it going up, however for those that keep relapsing i guess it would be pretty demoralizing.

    For me its always been a daily thing, Nofap hopefully is going to be a lifestyle change, so doesnt matter if i was at a week or two years, All that matters is this moment on this day.
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