Friday, June 3, 2011
Blah, Blah, Blah
I've scanned through my Twitter stream and news feeds one or more times most waking hours for the last couple of years. But recently, I've had such a big spike in professional and personal commitments that I've been lucky to to view them more than a few times a day. Surprisingly, I've found that instead of avidly reading and posting when time and attention permits, I've lost a lot of my interest.
I'm still not sure what's up with that, but I suspect it has something to do with immersion. Although the concept of immersion is usually applied to being fully engaged in a game or a virtual world, I think there's a similar phenomenon related to social networks. When I was attending to a social network multiple times per hour on a daily basis, I experienced a psychological sense of being pervasively present and connected with the people in my stream. There was a strong pull to participate and be a tangible presence in the community.
Now that that my former state of immersion has been lost, sometimes it all seems like blah, blah, blah. That's the inspiration for this video.