What Else COULD You Be Doing?
What Else SHOULD You Be Doing?
The internet has brought us many amazing things. It has allowed the
world to communicate in amazing new ways. The invention of the internet
has created entirely new ways to communicate, express, and shop. It has
created new markets. It has created new ways to research the world
Our brave new digital world has the potential to entertain, inform, or,
in these days - infotain - endlessly. As we are offered more and more
distractions, our productivity is decreasing. Although it's healthy to
take a break and let one's mind relax, the internet allows us to
divulge in any curiosity and, at times, indulge in whichever groupthink
It has created entirely new ways to waste time.
Reddit.com is one example of a social news/media site, with a
community-based collaborative filtering system. Users post any
interesting URL, and the community votes the link up or down, according
to popularity. There is also a "karma" system in place, which keeps
Reddit from having too many problems with spam or a "groupthink"
feeling. In addition to posting URLs, users may post comments to the
URLS, or begin a new thread without an outside link.
Reddit Top 5 Stories
Reddit has many dedicated users, and many have admitted to
spending hours on the site, or feel compelled to check it frequently
throughout the day. Although it is fascinating to be "plugged in" to
the globe, it's distracting, and can get in the way of a person's
interaction with the real world.
For an exercise is social intervention, I would like to begin new
threads on Reddit with the questions, "What else could you be
doing?" and "What else should you be doing?"
I'm hoping this will cause users to think about their immediate
environment and check back into the real world for a moment. I'm also
curious as to the users' reactions to the questions. I'm curious if
they'll take it seriously... or just ignore it.