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[Immersion] Why Is the Pause Button Your Enemy?

The pause button is a cruel mistress.

Sure, it lets you pick up from right when you left off. But the problem is that in today’s frenetic, over-stimulated world, with all the choices available to us 1, we often forget to pick up again.

At least, I do.

So don’t pause that movie or podcast, loop it instead. And if you miss a bit, catch it on the next pass through. You’ve heard of multipass reading, now we’re talking about multipass watching and seeing, multipass listening and hearing.

Let us review:

  • Don’t pause — loop instead.
  • Don’t pause — turn down the volume
  • Don’t mute — turn the volume down instead (to an unobtrusive, indistinguishable (not the exact word I was looking for, but you get the picture), ambient level)


  1. (I hate when people go all “nowadays” on me, because it’s usually an excuse to complain about “kids today”. But there really are many more entertainment/media choices available now than there were twenty years ago; this is an objective, numerical thing and not some open-ended complaint about “youngsters using Facebook”; I see plenty of middle-aged women antisocially fiddling with their iPhones and no one complains about them, because older people using information technology is always only a good thing…unlike those kids of today…but then you wonder — if the young people of today suck so hard, well, who raised them?)

  4 comments for “[Immersion] Why Is the Pause Button Your Enemy?

  1. juxz90
    April 30, 2014 at 15:07

    Keep rocking, Khatzumoto

  2. Amir
    May 1, 2014 at 04:05

    I think I got it, loop that sh#t until you find new immersion media that suits you haha. But I personally think that people are way to picky with media, I mean if you’re looking for good new movies, series animes etc. it’s not like you’ll have to watch the whole movie or series, if you don’t like the first episode or trailer of a movie don’t watch it and look for something that will be fun for you.There are so many sucky animes out there, and you don’t have to be a masochichst and watch through one where you’ll just be bored to hell. I think that people are kind of scared to try out new things, we want to stay in our usual life routine, the one we’ve been used to so long. I guess that’s why many people are never able to learn new languages or many underrated works never get discovered and successful and Madden,Fifa make millions every release even though it’s the same recycled crap every year lol.

  3. johnson
    May 1, 2014 at 15:33

    I don’t really loop, but I have Japanese TV (I dont live in Japan). This goes on 24/7, so, its pretty good for immersion. Sometimes there is not much interesting to see, then I just lower the volume like you suggest.

  4. July 6, 2014 at 07:11

    Definitely agree, if immersion is your goal, but if you’re still in an active learning stage, I think it’s important to isolate phrases that are causing you problems. I use an Android app called Smart Repeat that has unique buttons for skipping back 2/secs/5secs/10sec etc.

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