Posts Tagged ‘attention’

One-Click World

In 2010 on May 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

Internet Connections – We all have them.

We ridicule others when they talk about having anonline boyfriend or girlfriend. We laugh at the simple prospect of making a friend through the net. And we definitely shiver at the thought of ever meeting the actual internet bot in person. He might actually be a forty-five year old creepy man!  Very rarely, these connections are percieved as real. 548 friends on Facebook? They cannot ALL be your friends!

However, at the same time, many of us have experienced that instance where we realize that connecting with someone online is a thrill in itself. Otherwise, why else are websites like,, Facebook or Twitter becoming the next social media revolution?

One reason: Attention.

As humans, we ask, beg and crave for this weird thing called attention. The internet provides it all for a daily fee of nothing. Log on to Facebook right now and you can Like as many statuses as you want. Or be a Fan of the endless pages on there.  You can even leave Lady Gaga a comment saying how much you loved her spiked metal nipples but would prefer it if she toned it down. And if you are one of the lucky ones, she might even tweet you back with an “lol” and enable you to be a part of the attentive social media culture.

But whether we ever establish long-lasting friendships or relationships with these internet freaks is not the question. It is not even the norm anymore. We live in a one-click world where if we don’t like someone, all we do is “delete” them from our buddy list.  We even have the newly acclaimed one-click website,, which connects us with strangers from the other side of the world. They can see you. Hear you. Talk to you. Make funny faces at you and disappear all within one-click. Whether they become a fishing story or not, however, is at your discretion.

Happy Sailing.