Note: it is not an ELT post as such, but could become a conversation starter. Your feedback is welcome!
Facebook users may know about this feature: you can ‘snooze’ a friend for 30 days if his/her posts are too frequent/too political/too irrelevant/too job-related/too… I was most likely ‘snoozed’ by many of my friends while promoting our EduHub Teacher Sharing Day, for example (very specific audience, only in Ukraine, etc.) I could have posted to the list (e.g. colleagues in Ukraine) or even ‘target’ specific people. Social media skills are not the point of this post.
I just realized that it is a ‘feature’ of the modern world: we can ‘snooze’ people we disagree with, avoid what’s not emotionally pleasant or desired at the moment; we can ignore or keep our eyes closed to the aspects of life we don’t want to know more about, and only focus on what’s ‘good’, productive, useful, healthy, etc. I am not saying it is good or bad, and I see lots of advantages in being able to do so (so much content is being shared, broadcast, offered, e-mailed…)
I suddenly thought that ‘snoozing’ is not (or should not be?) about friends. Not ‘Facebook Friends’ (although those may be the same people!) but real friends. It reminded me of the ‘Click’ movie (2006?) where the main character had a remote control and could ‘skip’ the boring or unwanted parts of his life (realizing later how much gets missed!)
Finally, a classroom-related thought: in the face-to-face communication, we can’t really ‘snooze’ the person we are talking to, and can continue politely, or excuse ourselves politely. I wonder if some explicit ‘snoozing strategies’ can be taught (or do they need to be discussed?)
Do you ‘snooze’ people online? What are your reasons?
Thank you for reading!