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Ben's Virtues

By Reason Interactive

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In 1726, while on an 80-day ocean voyage from London to Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin developed a plan and corresponding chart for regulating his future conduct.

He based his plan on a chart of thirteen virtues. He committed to giving strict attention to one virtue each week - placing a mark on his chart each time he transgressed that week’s virtue.  After thirteen weeks he moved through all thirteen virtues. He would repeat the course four times a year.

Use this modern incarnation of Benjamin Franklin’s original chart to improve and regulate your daily conduct. Every evening review your day. Tap the day's date to place a mark if you transgressed the week's virtue. One virtue is highlighted every week and the whole chart should be completed four times in a year. The goal is to live your days - giving strict attention to each virtue - without having to place any marks on your chart.

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What's New in Version 1.1.1

• Fix for white screen on load that affected few users on older devices with older operating systems.
• Note only to iPhone 4S users running a non-current version of iOS: you may need to uninstall the previous version of Ben's Virtues before updating. This will reset your progress.


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Customer Reviews

Questionable implementation

Great idea for an app and nicely implemented in many ways. But it seems impossible to put marks on any of the virtues except the one highlighted this week, or at least not the ones to be highlighted in future weeks. It is also impossible to put more than one mark on a virtue per day. Having read Franklin's writings, I believe these are contrary to his method. I also question the app's rewording of Franklin's description of Chastity, omitting the words "your own or another's..." Not sure what other changes might have been made. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to implement Franklin's chart as a spreadsheet with more flexibility.

Cool extension of Franklin’s ideas!

I appreciation the introspection required for each datapoint; as opposed to many ‘self-monitoring’ apps that collect and present context-free data points. I hope a future version improves the visibility of the Virtue tracking, and explores the possibility of exporting data. Also, it would be interesting to see samples of Ben Franklin’s tracked virtues. Because, whenever he’d check ‘Chastity’ would he also check ‘Sincerity’?

Can't get very far

I really like the idea of this app. I was inspired to try this after reading BF's autobiography. Unfortunately I can never get past Frugality and everything resets. After reading other reviews I can see this is a common problem. I think I'll try another way of doing this.

Ben's Virtues
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Size: 20.4 MB
  • Languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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