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Was it a digital holiday in the last 10 days?

Posted by: DBS


I generally go onto facebook and linkedin once a day just to catch up and generally I do not go on to it at work.

With the Christmas shut down in force at work from the 21st till today I have spent a little more time on each of them than I normally would.

I also expected to see the people that I am connected to also being more active. But this has not been the case.

After the 24th facebook activity dropped dramatically. The people that were on it almost continuosly if you look at the normal number of comments posted were not doing anything. Activity dropped to a yawn.


I used some of the quiet non working time pondering this phenomena. Initially it didn't make sense and I still don't have any scientific proof for it but I will put forward this hypothesis.


Facebook users are usually accessing the application from their office PC and with now being at home they are not doing so. It may be that they do not have a computer or fast access at home or it could be that they were genuinely away and did not have access to technology or the time to do something from a smartphone.

It could also be that having the spouse or significant other at home they were not able or willing to spend the time on the facebook application.

Interestingly I saw a slightly different trend on Linkedin. There there was very little activity until New Year.

After New Year I saw a lot of people with new connections and I must admit that I did spend some time in that period increasing my network of contacts as well.

Maybe becasue it is more of a business application than a social phenomena the users were prepared to access it at home where the significant other would see it as a business application.


So why were you less active on the social media sites?

One thing I did do in the holiday was to get the novel written in 2008 NanoWrimo published on Kindle

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written by Charmed, January 03, 2012
I think just in general when people are on leave/holiday/break, they want to be away from technology and you are right about accessing it more from the office. When you are at home, you are not in front of your PC all the time. I spent some time with a friend who was house sitting and both of us are big on technology but we left our phones indoors while we sat by the pool side. We just wanted to chill and not be bothered with the online world. I don't think I'm alone in this.
written by redsaid, January 03, 2012
I was one of the holiday season's digital defectors. It wasn't so much a conscious decision or choice as one that just kind of happened, because I normally stay on during the holidays (I mean, it's digital life, so it's fun, after all!)

I helped my sister move off the farm (monstrous, physical job, that was) and by the end of the day we were too exhausted to do anything other than collapse and sleep.

As for why other people vanished for a bit, I am not really sure. Could it be that people were rediscovering the value of face-to-face time with loved ones as opposed to connecting on Facebook?

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