Growth is Less About Building Habits and More About Breaking Them
Nir Eyal’s Hook model is pretty popular these days within Growth Hacking circles. The model goes something like this:
- Trigger the user to do something
- The user does something
- The user is rewarded for his/her action
- The user commits to the product
The end result is that the product plays a part in its own retention.
Personally, I feel the Hook model is just a re-hash of the classic Habit Loop from the field of psychology which essentially is:
- Cue the subject to do something
- Reward the subject for doing that thing
- Create the routine to bridge the cue and the reward
Either way, whichever flavor you choose, the idea behind the movement is that your product needs to encourage the formation of a habit. While I’m not saying that this isn’t true — but there is an even bigger problem.
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