More than a small number of my friends have admitted to suffering from a bout of Facebook fatigue. Those endless posts to the wall require attention and time, and it’s becoming clear that Facebook use may be as much addiction as anything.
What about Twitter? I see a similar fatigue taking place. Most Twitter users are followers, not tweeters, and it doesn’t take long to follow dozens and dozens of tweeters– celebrities, sports figures, politicians, pundits, stores, news outlets– all of whom apparently have nothing else to do but tweet trite banalities in 140 characters.
There’s already Google fatigue, whereby users of Google’s free services recognize they’re a product of Google, not a customer, and worry about their online privacy. Google distributes the Android OS for smartphones and tablets primarily to get users hooked on their free apps so that personal data can be tracked and sold to advertisers.
Is it possible that the masses are also contracting a touch of Apple fatigue?
Two points in time have intersected which may be the cause of the sense of fatigue we feel when dealing with Apple’s seemingly many enemies and detractors.
First, Apple hasn’t released any new or earth shattering, disrupting products in awhile. That lag breeds a bit of apprehension, which turns into boredom. Media doesn’t thrive on boredom.
Second, because there’s nothing new to report, tech media pundits, market analysts, and Apple critics have multiplied their journalistic excretions to ever higher toxic levels.
Those of us who follow Apple are forced to set the crooked records straight wherever possible, but it’s difficult to keep up because the aforementioned are really full of themselves. That effort causes fatigue, too.
Life would go back to normal again if and when Apple releases a few new products that disrupt the natural flow of a staid old business segment. In fact, Apple CEO Time Cook all but promised a truck load of new Apple in the fall, just before the holiday shopping season.
That’s great. But that means it’s going to be a long, hot summer.