I am sure that all of us are no stranger to web-conferencing platforms such as Skype and Google Hangouts. Therefore, the experience of seeing one another through a screen in real time is something that we are familiar with.
However, what is out of the norm for me is the fact that I have never been in a video conference with so many people before! The vast number of people gives us the opportunity to execute this micro-project, where everybody plays a small part to contribute to the overall collective effort. My biggest takeaway from this project is understanding that the third space can become a playground too. Although we may not share the same physical space or time, the third space is able to unite us and we are able to have fun too!
It’s interesting to think even though the third space is not tangible like our physical space, it is just as real and important as our physical space. However, some spend so much time in the third space that it affects their relationship with others. Just do a quick search of the keywords ‘put your phone away‘ and there are tons of articles explaining why it is important strike a balance between spending our time in the first and third space. I myself have friends who are always glued to their phones and it is evident that they’re not sharing the moment with me, even though they are physically here with me. That is pretty annoying and disrespectful in my opinion! This goes to show how impactful the third space is.