If you’re like me, you have installed SGPlus and want to use Google+ to broadcast to Twitter (at minimum) and maybe Facebook depending on how you use each medium. Maybe you aren’t like me and don’t care about Google+ – but if you do, here is an interesting observation.
Whenever I create a new post, I am mindful of the 140 character limit for Twitter and keep those posts short. When leaving comments on other people’s post, I tend to keep those short as well (like as if I am still in Twitter). So I began to look at some other users’ posts and I am seeing that same trend in the Twitter enthusiasts that are on Google+. Even though comments aren’t posted to Twitter (when using SGPlus) people are still staying within that 140 char. limit. Funny how much one interface can program users to habitually stay within those guidelines even when the rules no longer apply.
Behold, the Comfort Zone: The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.1
The answer to this break this behavioral patter is of course, “Stepping out of the comfort zone!”
To step out of the comfort zone raises the anxiety level engendering a stress response, the result of which is an enhanced level of concentration and focus.2
So this week, I’m sticking to my zone, but next week I’m going to up the blood pressure a bit and really go deeper into Google+ conversations. Happy commenting!
1. Alasdair A. K. White “From Comfort Zone to Performance Management”