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Steps to Watching Lost
Steps to Watching Lost
Steps to Watching Lost
Steps to Watching Lost
Steps to Watching Lost
Steps to Watching Lost
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Steps to Watching Lost
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Steps to Watching Lost

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  • 1. Watching Lost (or any other show) in 7 Steps Alex Muller habits.stanford.edu
  • 2. 1. Choose a Show
    • First you must decide what show you want to watch. Let’s say you want to watch Lost .
    • This is a Blue Dot behavior, unless you have never chosen a show to watch before (then it’s a Green Dot)
    • Motivation : High
    • Presumably, you want to watch a show
    • Ability : High
    • Choosing a show that interests you is relatively easy
    • Trigger : Advertisements, Word of Mouth
    • There are lots of ways to hear about a show you might be interested in; chances are you’ve heard your friends talking about one or you’ve seen an advertisement on TV or in a magazine
  • 3. 2. Find Out Time and Channel
    • Before you can watch the show, you must find out where and when to watch it. Now’s the time to figure out that Lost airs Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC.
    • This is a Green Dot behavior.
    • Motivation : High
    • You want to watch the show, right? Then you probably want to know when it’s on.
    • Ability : Medium
    • The TV guide was never very fun to look through. But with the internet, this shouldn’t be too big of a challenge.
    • Trigger : ?
    • You’re on your own here. You might be reminded by a friend’s comment or by an annoying pop-up ad while you’re surfing the web.
  • 4. 3. Clear Space in Your Schedule
    • You know when and where to watch, now you need to make time to do it. You may have to move your Tuesday night poker game in order to catch Lost .
    • This is a Blue Dot behavior (you’re used to rearranging your schedule, right?).
    • Motivation : High
    • You still want to watch the show
    • Ability : Medium
    • Sometimes clearing space in your schedule can be tough. Depending on the time and frequency of a show, it may be difficult to accommodate.
    • Trigger : Step 2
    • Finding out when a show airs is a good time to start thinking about whether you’ll be available to see it
  • 5. 4. Watch One Episode
    • We finally made it to our first episode of Lost ! Living the dream.
    • This is a Green Dot behavior.
    • Motivation : High
    • This is what we’ve been waiting for. We’re not going to miss this.
    • Ability : High
    • Once your schedule is clear, it doesn’t take much effort to plop down in front of the tube.
    • Trigger : ?
    • This could be a number of things. Your excitement to watch the show could be an effective trigger. Or the 1 hour hole in your busy schedule might help you remember why you cleared it.
  • 6. 5. Evaluate the Show
    • You saw one episode. Did you like it? Do you want to see more? Or is this just a waste of time? If you watched Lost , chances are you’re pretty confused.
    • This is a Green Dot behavior.
    • Motivation : High
    • You probably want to think a little bit about what you just watched
    • Ability : High
    • How do you feel? Happy, curious, disappointed? These emotions are easy to gauge.
    • Trigger : Watching the show
    • Once you’ve seen a show, you can’t help forming some opinion of it
  • 7. 6. Watch Again
    • Here’s how to tell if you really liked the show – will you tune in for the next episode? I know what you’re thinking: “If I watch the next episode of Lost , they must answer all the questions I had in the last one.” Hahaha.
    • This is a Blue Dot behavior, but it will eventually become a Blue Span or even a Blue Path behavior. More on this later.
    • Motivation : Varies
    • This depends on how much you liked the show the first time you watched it.
    • Ability : Medium
    • You watched it once, you can watch it again
    • Trigger : ?
    • In Lost , curiosity to see what happens next might encourage you to watch the next episode. Hopefully something about the show makes you anticipate seeing it.
  • 8. 7. Reevaluate
    • You’ve seen two (maybe more) episodes, do you still like what you see? (How bout that smoke monster?)
    • This is a Blue Dot behavior that works in conjunction with step 6 (see next slide)
    • Motivation : Medium
    • You may not reevaluate every time you watch a new episode. But at some point, you’ll want a big picture view of the show
    • Ability : High
    • What matters to you most in a show? There are no wrong answers.
    • Trigger : Step 6
    • Watching the next episode will get you thinking about the series as a whole
  • 9. How Steps 6 and 7 Work
    • After watching a show for the first time (Step 4) and deciding you want to keep watching it (Step 5), you enter into a new viewing cycle.
    • This cycle consists of watching more episodes, and evaluating whether or not to continue watching the show.
    • As you watch more episodes, the Blue Dot behavior of step 6 becomes a Blue Span behavior – that is, you watch the show regularly for a set period of time (e.g., a season). This behavior can become a Blue Path behavior if you continue to watch the show season after season.
    • As step 6 becomes a Blue Span behavior, step 7 becomes less and less necessary. You no longer need to evaluate the show; your habit has formed.
  • 10. Final Comments
    • These steps are not based on scientific studies of human behavior; they are simply the educated opinion of one humble observer.
    • These steps apply to just about any TV show, but I bet there are other schedule-based events that work in a similar fashion
    • If you are trying to stop watching a TV show, try removing one of the links in the chain. It’s hard to watch Lost at 9pm if you’re out of the house at that time.

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