The Wife made an astute observation today. She said that she thought Facebook and other social networking sites were the high-tech equivalent of a sandbox.
When toddlers are playing in a sandbox, there isn’t much interaction between them. Instead each is in his or her own little world, babbling away. Sometimes the worlds of two or three might intersect briefly, but eventually they pull apart and the tots are alone again.
Facebook is quite similar. Most posts are mundane and few garner comment. When there is interaction, it’s usually brief – a comment or two on a particular post. There are a few people who get more attention than most, and there are some celebrities whose every grunt and online fart spawns hundreds of comments from fans. But Facebook is a sea of people babbling away in their own little worlds with little interaction between them.