This post originates out of a number of discussions I’ve had lately with people on Google Plus.
The underlying notion is that people have a limited amount of free time, and if they’re spending it using social media websites then that activity displaces other – potentially creative – activity. There’s already been a lot written on whether social media displaces actual friendships (answer is: maybe).
What I’ve been finding is that when I spend time on these sites, the quantity of blog posts that I write goes down in proportion to the quantity of posts (or article cross-posts) there. On the other hand, exposure to other people’s ideas has resulted in some cross-pollination.
Which leads to a second point. The social influence tracking site Klout classifies people according to whether they primarily are producers of content, or rebroadcasters (i.e. curators) of other people’s content. To some extent everybody does both. Is it possible that the act of curation could be displacing actual creative output though?
What’s your take? I don’t have a strong opinion on this topic, and I really would like to hear what people have to say.