No. #100

Lake Wobegon Effect
- Above Average Illusion

Named after the fictional town where 'all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average,' the Lake Wobegon effect is a natural human tendency to overestimate one's capabilities, often leading to unrealistic expectations about one’s performance in various tasks. This can influence how users perceive their skills or accomplishments in educational or gamified platforms.

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Product example

Users of a skill-based learning platform might overestimate their progress or mastery compared to others, impacting their engagement and satisfaction.

Empathy tips


Set Clear Benchmarks

Provide clear, objective benchmarks for users to accurately assess their performance.


Encourage Realistic Self-Assessment

Incorporate features that encourage users to make realistic self-assessments.


Peer Comparison

Offer optional peer comparison to provide context for users’ self-evaluation.


Celebrate Genuine Achievements

Celebrate genuine achievements to motivate users without fostering unrealistic self-perceptions.

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