thanks Stephanie for taking the time to reply! I share your skepticism of clap-circles and clap-pacts, and I go into this in the next two paragraphs, but my point about reciprocation is that it is an undeniable part of human interactions.
I’ve been on Medium now for three years, and it happens often that I come across an old friend whom I used to read more regularly. I react to her writing, and within the hour or day she react to something I recently posted. It’s nice — like running into someone on the street and the casual catch-up chit-chat that follows — but it leaves me with a funny feeling: Did she really like it? Did she actually give the read full attention?
Now — on to your fascinating profile, you are in the Southern Indian Ocean? Would that be Mauritius?