Progress Indicators are Important for Motivation

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I was watching a recording of a lecture which I chose to not attend.

The video progress bar happened to be broken. The bar doesn't move towards completion even though I was playing and digesting a good chunk of the lecture recording.

Earlier on in the video, I got a wave of discouragement thinking that I spent so much time for so little progress, not noticing this issue.

Just past halfway through the video, I finally noticed that the progress bar was broken, indicating that only 15% of the video was complete, rather than the true percentage of 51%.

This demonstrates the importance of progress indicators in offering motivation. They are short-term, immediate indicators that you are progressing towards a long-term goal.


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