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Swing describes the state that players achieve in routine tasks, where over time difficulty and skill are not increasing

See also Flow-theory.



Tasks and activities often performed by blue-collar workers, such as on a conveyor belt, tend after an initial increase in difficulty and learning to not change those levels anymore. Also other factors that help achieve flow-state may not be present or available for blue collar workers.

To describe this state more accurately than the term flow-state does, the word swing is used.

Swing is in sports the state that athletes, such as rowers in a canoe, achieve, when the crew operates as a unified front with the strokes of the oars on both sides matched in force and technique, and the rowers being in a kind of perfection, where time melts away.


Swing-state is used as term

  • for routine tasks, where (after initial increases) difficulty and skills stay the same
  • mostly for blue color workers
  • mostly for non-digital work



  • Marek Korczynski, Michael Pickering, Emma Roberston; Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain; Cambridge Press, 2013