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Cooper Journal: One free interaction

Coop­er Jour­nal: One free inter­ac­tion

I noticed two friends who use their mouse to repeat­ed­ly select and des­e­lect text in web browsers as they read pages online. This is absolute­ly crazy­mak­ing for onlook­ers, but real­ly sat­is­fy­ing for them.

De-Re-Select­ing from Chris No on Vimeo.

I do this all the time (my favorite way is to triple-click the para­graph) and, yes, it dri­ves peo­ple look­ing at my screen crazy.

Prob­a­bly the oth­er big one I do is to draw selec­tion rec­tan­gles on my desk­top or in a file man­ag­er win­dow.

It’s inex­plic­a­ble to me, but Chris men­tions some pos­si­ble rea­sons:

When I talk to each per­son about these behav­iors, there’s not a lot of con­scious deci­sion-mak­ing going on here. The web-page-high­lighters aren’t intend­ing any­thing when they do this, it’s just some­thing they enjoy doing. But even though these behav­iors don’t help move any tasks or goals along, they’re sat­is­fy­ing. And because they pro­vide a release for ner­vous ener­gy and/or let us be expres­sive, they become an exten­sion of our­selves to which we have some small emo­tion­al con­nec­tion.

Ulti­mate­ly, I don’t real­ly care why, but it’s an inter­est­ing thing of note. :)