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Do I Have Your Full Attention?

“By adding video, we are asking the person to let us see them, and we are requiring more of their attention.  No longer can they drive and chat with us if they have to look at a video.  No longer can they talk in the bathroom or at other times when they are doing their personal business.  No longer can they discretely interact with you while simultaneously talking to another person, reading a magazine, or otherwise only paying half attention to you.  Adding video to the situation completely changes the social dynamic, usually in a way that makes us not want to do it.”

(Via Why Don’t We Video Chat More Often? | Singularity Hub.)

Really think, how many times are you really only doing one thing while on the phone? Same thing why radio is still so popular. We can’t focus on just one thing.


“There is no more shame or guilt in unsubscribing from the data streams of people who do not benefit your attention than there is turning off the television when it becomes a waste of time.

Of course, this metric of value will be different for everyone. But unless you have some kind of qualification for ‘meaningful’ in your own mind, where are you going to draw the line?”


(Via Is It Worth the Interruption? : James Shelley)

I didn’t know if this was the direction James was going to take at the start of this post. I am SO glad he went that way, had a comment forming in the first paragraph, didn’t need it by the end.

P.S. So looking back, comments are not enabled. That’s a loss.