“Lurking Syndrome” in Photography

By Ana Lyubich

"We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide example for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves to the great mosaic of being" – Jim Hollis

Have you ever sat next to someone on a train or bus who was going through their social media news feed without commenting or liking anything? That person was very likely a “lurker”. Wikipedia defines a “lurker” in the Internet world as someone who “observes, but doesn’t participate”.

You may even be one yourself. Don't worry, I’m guilty of it too which helps me speak on this topic from my own personal experience. It's not uncommon, in fact, only 1% of followers of any social media platform or community are actively engaged members, 9% occasionally participate, while the rest… lurk.

 

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