Card #12

Appropriate Challenges

We delight in challenges, especially ones that strike a balance between overwhelming and boring.

How might this apply to the Web?

Easy is overrated. Turn some tasks into challenges. Research shows we are happiest when faced with something challenging (but not too overwhelming). The “challenge” can be designed into a system or created by reflecting someone’s personal best (or average) performance in an area. A designed challenge can be heavily constructed (game design) or merely suggest an intriguing, unsolved problem.

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