Sunday, February 07, 2021

Why Not Take a Break?

Here's a graphic that I whipped up today, which I thought would be fun to occasionally post on social media sites, to appear in folks' feeds as they scroll though posts:

Why not take a break? You can stop scrolling this feed by pressing your phone's Home button.

I was amused by the contrast between Nintendo including the original version of this image in a couple of their games -- most notably Wii Sports -- and the hypothetical likelihood of any of the big social media companies inserting some content like this into their users' feeds.

(Anecdotally, I've heard that Facebook, at least, tends to favor implementation of new features that increase the amount of time that their users spend scrolling through their feeds -- of which something like this, encouraging their users to stop scrolling and take a healthy break, would be the opposite!)

It was pointed out by my wife that modern phones -- including the one that I photoshopped into the image in place of the original Wii Remote -- do not actually have home buttons. As the proud carrier of an iPhone 6S, this admittedly didn't even cross my mind. I'll just leave it there as an intentional anachronism, hearkening back to the time of the Wii's popularity. 🤷‍♂️

In any event, feel free to share this image onto your own social media feeds, should you be so inclined!


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