Tiny habits

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This might interest some: http://tinyhabits.com . He has a free program or you can try the concepts on your own.

This could be used to enhance bonding behaviors as many of these take less than 30 seconds and are inherently rewarding.

Some related links: http://jamesclear.com/three-steps-habit-change and http://captology.stanford.edu/about/what-is-capatology.html

Thanks for posting

I liked this article: http://jamesclear.com/three-steps-habit-change Good reminders about giving yourself credit for getting the new habit under way.

I had to smile. The Fogg guy admits his ideas really only work for little, superficial changes...which hopefully can then be expanded.

In reviewing a broad range of projects from universities and companies, I’ve found that early attempts to create persuasive technologies are often unrealistic. For instance, using technology to help people quit smoking is a good idea, but this target behaviour is too ambitious for teams that have never before created a persuasive technology. Smoking cessation is the Everest of human behaviour change. Just as no one would expect a novice climber to succeed in reaching the summit, novice design teams should scale back their ambitions and save the most difficult behaviours, such as smoking or weight loss, for later iterations.

If quitting smoking is "Everest," what would quitting internet porn (for today's young, habitual user) be? Or switching to something as counterintuitive as karezza??

I was thinking the same thing

I was thinking the same thing when reading that quote. Perhaps ask him. 

I understand Fogg's tiny habits to be about setting oneself up for success rather than failure. Then the reward mechanism can take over. Flossing one tooth is better than flossing no teeth. With time, you might floss more. The alternative is "[insert negative thoughts], I forgot to floss again."

Wow, this guy has no idea.

Wow, this guy has no idea.

I battle with PMO addiction for years, but quitting smoking was one decision and I never looked back.

In contrast to smoking, pmo addiction has an underlying biological need, which merges with the addiction and makes everything more difficult.

Well said

Good insight. As Gary says, "We have no innate adolescent brain circuits just waiting to wire up to video games, but we sure do for sexual stimulation."

I'm not a smoker so maybe I

I'm not a smoker so maybe I don't understand smoking adequately. Aside from the social aspects of smoking, it seems a discrete addiction. PMO circuitry might not be as discrete such that many things humans encounter virtual and real share some of the same tracks.

The reward from smoking is so

The reward from smoking is so much less than from porn, and I think that the addiction only develops over time, when the stimuli of smoking is combined with certain positive activities, like taking a break, getting positive feedback from peers, etc.

While it's true that porn addiction can be triggered by stress and environmental cues just as smoking, porn, fantasy or masturbation basically is more of a reward in itself.

Every smoker I know who really wanted to quit was able to very quickly. Most people who fail don't have intrinsic motivation, they are just brainwashed by a society which condems smoking as unhealthy.