@CobaltVelvet That's also a hint though as to how peoples' interfaces with machines have changed.
At one point, people tended to run one machine, a desktop, and:
a) it was more acceptable to both hop offline and online. Now there's more expectation to be Very Online
b) that desktop could be connected all the time, but you weren't always connected to it
a) people have multiple devices, want to access from each
b) the expectation to be Very Online has increased
@CobaltVelvet I'll note that XMPP Multi User Chat provides most of the things people claim that IRC is missing, but it never became as popular; I'd argue that's primary for interface reasons, since back in the day IM applications kind of shoehorned in chatroom type interfaces into their one-on-one chat interfaces and it didn't feel right
Imagine a future where everyone's talking online and the communications are overcrowded and there's something like an online burnout syndrome and people need to take expensive vacations I LOVE IT! 😍
So it's like the weird nervous syndrome in the Johnny Mnemonic movie but it' mental health instead of physiological...
If anyone can explore more of this, @ me.
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