Is Online Harmony Holding You Back?

"Argument" by Filipe Dâmaso Saraiva, made available under a Creative Commons Share Alike Licence
“Argument” by Filipe Dâmaso Saraiva, made available under a Creative Commons Share Alike Licence

There are many benefits to parti­cip­ating in online social networks. The ability to build a large network without geographical constraints gives access to support, insight, feedback and promotion oppor­tun­ities in an immediate, easy and powerful fashion. There seems to be no downside apart from the time needed to engage with your online tribe, but there is an inter­esting problem lurking within the groups we create.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, director of the Information + Innovation Policy Research Center at the National University of Singapore, has put forward the idea that our online networks may be harming our capacity for innov­ation. He may well have a strong point that needs consid­er­ation for anyone getting deeply involved in online networking.

In an article in the journal Science Mayer-Schönberger examines the impact of extended online networking on software engineers and concludes that this is, in part, responsible for the incre­mental pace of innov­ation in the open-source community. Innovation still happens but the curse of group­think keeps the pace of change slow. Continue reading Is Online Harmony Holding You Back?