Interaction beats consumption


Interaction is the greatest gift you can give yourself

23 Apr, 2021 · 3 min read

As online users, we consume vast amounts of information. However, for most people, that’s where it stops. They gained some information, knowledge, fun meme, and it’s done and dusted.

However, someone somewhere puts a lot of effort into putting the content out there for other people to enjoy.

You might think I hit the like button. Why should I bother to interact more?

And for me, there are two main beneficial points to it.

Interact to gain/spread further knowledge

Content interaction

The first one is to gain/spread further knowledge. You may have read a piece about React hooks, but you’ve always done it slightly differently.

You might consume the article and think, ok, let me start doing it this way. But why not raise a comment to say why this method should be used instead of method X.

Even if that is mentioned in the article, the author would love to read you had been using method Y but will give method X a go. And even further, you could come back to it after implementing/testing it and show your findings.

That will show gratitude, but it might help bother people giving more feedback on your piece as well.

Besides this way of interacting, there is also a way of spreading further knowledge. This means you can enhance content.

Let’s say I wrote an article about a JavaScript function. You might be the one to give a more in-depth comment about a part of it.

And no, that’s not rude at all. It’s a learning curve for everyone. Not just you, and the author, but every reader after you as well.

Online content is an ever-growing ocean of information, and it should be wasted by being static and one-sided.

Interact to remember it

Remember content online

Another reason to interact with the content is to remember it better. This means you will remember something longer if you interact with the content.

The best of course, is if it’s hands-on content to try it out. But even writing some thoughts on it will help you remember it better.

For me, this works way better than just bookmarking something… To be quite honest, bookmarks often go to waste. You end up bookmarking too many pieces of content and not ever looking at them.

While if you make a selection of good content you found and take your time to interact with it, it will keep with you.

You will remember a specific piece of content when needed.

The golden line

So for me, even as a content creator, interacting is the golden line between consuming and creating.

Creating content is not for all of us, especially not in every way possible.

Example: I’m not the right person to do in-depth video tutorials on specific topics.

But I can benefit greatly by interacting with this content. I’m trying it out, writing it down, making notes, and placing comments to raise questions or gratitude.

Example 2: I can’t write a full e-book

Yet some people are super skilled at it. E-books, for one, are lengthy. They might spark questions. Ask these questions!

It’s also a learning curve for the author, who might think that piece of content is prominent, while you might have no clue what’s going on.

This all is valuable information for every party involved: The golden line!

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