last edited by Henning Kockerbeck
Streaks are stupid and add really no benefit.
I wouldn't make that statement that sweepingly. Not everybody is wired the same. While a streak may have no benefit to you or to the author of the article you linked, streaks are valuable motivational tools for other people. I personally found streaks a very valuable tool to keep at my daily learning routines.
You might compare that to learning methods, where different methods work for different people. I for one like to build a solid foundation, to get one topic really down before I move to the next. I don't like to juggle multiple topics that I'm only half sure-footed in at the same time. But others are easily frustrated by sticking to one topic for a prolonged time. Same goes for learning by reading vs. learning by listing, and many other topics.
Additionally, we're talking about different time frames here. The reasons why you started to learn a language is an important motivational factor in the long run for sure. But for the short range, day-to-day motivation, a streak can help a lot. Often the thought of loosing a long streak on a platform gave me the proverbial kick in the butt not to give in to my weaker self and and not postpone today's learning session to tomorrow.