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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
More comfortable in their bedrooms than in a car or at a party, today’s teens are physically safer than teens have ever been. They’re markedly less likely to get into a car accident and, having less of a taste for alcohol than their predecessors, are less susceptible to drinking’s attendant ills.

Gen X managed to stretch adolescence beyond all previous limits: Its members started becoming adults earlier and finished becoming adults later. Beginning with Millennials and continuing with iGen, adolescence is contracting again—but only because its onset is being delayed. Across a range of behaviors—drinking, dating, spending time unsupervised— 18-year-olds now act more like 15-year-olds used to, and 15-year-olds more like 13-year-olds. Childhood now stretches well into high school.
essay  teenager  generation  crisis  device  iphone  parenting  children  health  technology  2010s  moi  sociology  psychology 
august 2017 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation Duolingo
I did a couple of French lessons, which took all of five minutes. It was easy, and I was smitten by the possibilities. Maybe I’ll even take up German, I thought as I started the second lesson. I would become cosmopolitan and sophisticated, skipping across Europe and impressing local shopkeepers with my breezy fluency wherever I went. Maybe I would learn to differentiate among various wursts. Anything felt possible.
learn  smartphone  device  self  language  dutch  story 
july 2017 by aries1988
A Sociology of the Smartphone

we count on them to fill the dead spaces, the still moments and silences that used to occupy so much of our lives.

Most obviously, the smartphone replaced conventional telephones, leading to the widespread disappearance from streetscapes everywhere of that icon of midcentury urbanity, the telephone booth, and all the etiquettes of negotiated waiting and deconfliction that attended it. Where phone booths remain, they now act mostly as a platform for other kinds of services—WiFi connectivity, or ads for sex workers.

As a result, it’s already difficult to contemplate objects like a phone booth, a Filofax or a Palm Pilot without experiencing a shock of either reminiscence or perplexity, depending on the degree of our past acquaintance.

a rechargeable lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery capable of sustaining roughly 1,500 charging cycles. This will yield just about four years of use, given the need to charge the phone daily, though experience suggests that few of us will retain a given handset that long.

the performance of everyday life as mediated by the smartphone depends on a vast and elaborate infrastructure that is ordinarily invisible to us.

according to Google, four out of every five consumers use the map application to make local searches, half of those who do so wind up visiting a store within twenty-four hours, and one out of every five of these searches results in a conversion, or sale.

The only way to hide from that knowledge is to decouple ourselves from the fabric of connections that gives us everything else we are. And that is something we clearly find hard to do, for practical reasons as much as psychic ones: network connectivity now underwrites the achievement of virtually every other need on the Maslovian pyramid, to the extent that refugees recently arriving from warzones have been known to ask for a smartphone before anything else, food and shelter not excluded.
idea  essay  device  smartphone  life  change  technology  perception  today  world  opinion 
july 2017 by aries1988
The truth about children and social media

Young people are tech insiders, but in a very different sense from those I am used to interviewing. They are social-media critics, digital-content connoisseurs, mobile natives. They aren’t loyal to the big technology giants such as Facebook or Microsoft. They have an encyclopedic knowledge of YouTube’s catalogue and Snapchat shortcuts, and are the harshest critics and earliest adopters of new consumer apps.

Instead, the children I spent time with were heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram but not necessarily just to reach out to friends. For them, it is a way to find, crystallise and assert the most intimate parts of their identity — including sexuality, ancestry or body image.

We noticed a gender split, especially with Instagram — girls expressed a massively more negative perception of how it affected their body image than boys did.

Perhaps what adults need to understand is that for today’s children, online spaces are not a distraction but a place where they enact real-world relationships and experiment with who they are.
children  device 
june 2017 by aries1988
Lunch with the FT: Pokémon Go creator John Hanke

Despite the game’s initially chaotic impact, Hanke still insists there is an opportunity for local authorities to use Pokémon Go to light up neglected nature spots. The sad thing is we have a lot of great parks that people just don’t use because everybody just goes home and puts on the TV and shuts their front doors, he says. We want to pull people back out into public spaces. Some might even volunteer to clean up after themselves, he suggests optimistically.

The takeaway for me was just seeing people can be incredibly happy in the situation of extreme poverty and lack of development, he recalls. There’s this quiet happiness about the people that live in Burma.
interview  PokemonGO  game  ar  device  opinion  technology  daily 
november 2016 by aries1988
Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age
Dr. Berninger said the research suggests that children need introductory training in printing, then two years of learning and practicing cursive, starting in grade three, and then some systematic attention to touch-typing.
research  writing  debate  digital  device  pen  brain  children  education  handwriting 
june 2016 by aries1988
The End of Reflection
If you are awake for 16 hours, turning on or checking your phone 85 times means doing so about once every 11 minutes (and doesn’t account for internet use on a computer), and 5.05 hours is over 30 percent of the day.

Being distracted by the second task didn’t hurt actual performance on the first task, but it did impair the subjects’ ability to be introspective (again, by accurately self-reporting how they did). The finding supports previous widespread evidence that multitasking leads to lower cognitive performance. (With, again, other studies showing some beneficial effects of multitasking.)

Finding moments to engage in contemplative thinking has always been a challenge, since we’re distractible, said Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows. But now that we’re carrying these powerful media devices around with us all day long, those opportunities become even less frequent, for the simple reason that we have this ability to distract ourselves constantly.

Nevertheless, he sees our current direction as indicative of the loss of the contemplative mind, he said. We’ve adopted the Google ideal of the mind, which is that you have a question that you can answer quickly: close-ended, well-defined questions. Lost in that conception is that there’s also this open-ended way of thinking where you’re not always trying to answer a question. You’re trying to go where that thought leads you. As a society, we’re saying that that way of thinking isn’t as important anymore. It’s viewed as inefficient.
thinking  research  today  reading  brain  device  human  google  zeitgeist 
june 2016 by aries1988
Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data -
The phenomenon originated in 2009 as a do-it-yourself community called Quantified Self, in which tech enthusiasts and other data obsessives analyzed details from their daily lives with the aim of gaining insights into their own behavior patterns. The idea was to increase self-knowledge and autonomy through numbers.
“It’s like you are a detective of the self and you have discerned these patterns,” Ms. Schüll says. For example, someone might notice correlations between personal driving habits and mood swings. “Then you can make this change and say to yourself, ‘I’m not going to drive downtown anymore because it makes me grumpy.’ ”
But whether these gadgets have beneficial outcomes may not be the point. Like vitamin supplements, for which there is very little evidence of benefit in healthy people, just the act of buying these devices makes many people feel they are investing in themselves. Quantrepreneurs at least are banking on it.
device  self 
april 2015 by aries1988
How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.'s With Apple’s Siri
It’s not that Gus doesn’t understand Siri’s not human. He does — intellectually. But like many autistic people I know, Gus feels that inanimate objects, while maybe not possessing souls, are worthy of our consideration. I realized this when he was 8, and I got him an iPod for his birthday. He listened to it only at home, with one exception. It always came with us on our visits to the Apple Store. Finally, I asked why. “So it can visit its friends,” he said.
children  device  ai  future  friend 
october 2014 by aries1988
The iPhone 5 is Boring and Amazing | Gadget Lab |
Without emergent inexpensive technologies to force or enable industrial design changes (think: the way cheap flash memory changed the iPod’s design or SSD made possible the MacBook Air) Apple has little reason to shake things up once it has a product really nailed down. With the iPhone, in its sixth iteration, things have gotten so good that Apple does not change very much anymore. And so you get the iPhone 5 — which basically looks like a longer, thinner version of the iPhone 4. But the iPhone? It’s boring. And it’s probably going to remain that way for the foreseeable future. It’s not bad, it’s just the march of time and technology. Revolution becomes evolution. And that phone in your pocket–or more to the point, in the store window–becomes just a part of your life. It’s something you use, something you rely on. And then completely forget about. And in its own way, that’s actually kind of mind-blowing.
iphone  technology  device  life  tool 
october 2012 by aries1988
Mobile data usage: All consuming | The Economist
To charge for services is reasonable; to provide an ecosystem in which a customer has no way of knowing what they are being charged for what is not.
googlereader  consumer  device  iphone 
october 2012 by aries1988
大智若鱼 » 新玩具:热敏打印机
有兴趣的可以点击过去看看,这是一款为现代人设计的小型热敏打印机。将它与 WiFi 连起来之后,你就可以打印了。因为是小型产品,所以它打出来的纸张没有 A4 那么大,只有两英寸宽而已。这种纸张跟超市的收据一般大小,你应该见过不少。
如我之前提到的,热敏打印机在超市里经常能看到,它真的可以做更多事情。就说一个例子,我不会在一张 A4 纸上打印一份菜谱,因为那样实在是太浪费了。但热敏纸就不一样了,单位成本虽然高,但它省纸。在 mPrinter 的项目评论里,我看到了更多有趣的点子:菜谱,任务清单,地图,数独……
moi  device 
august 2012 by aries1988
Why Apple Has Already Pwned the Gaming Market | Cult of Mac
That’s what Apple does with gaming. They’re not going after the console gamer. Just as Starbucks got non-gourmet coffee drinkers to drink gourmet coffee, Apple is getting non gamers to play games.
game  device  apple  starbucks  coffee  market  strategy  comparison 
august 2012 by aries1988
寻找失踪的iPhone - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览
【寻找失踪的iPhone】本文作者David Pogue是纽约时报的科技专栏作家,他的iPhone在火车上被窃,利用苹果自带的“查找我的iPhone”应用,他找到了iPhone所在的位置。他的140万推特粉丝和警方携手,在五小时后找回手机。
today  device  tool  iphone  twitter 
august 2012 by aries1988
Why Apple Has Already Pwned the Gaming Market | Cult of Mac
That’s what Apple does with gaming. They’re not going after the console gamer. Just as Starbucks got non-gourmet coffee drinkers to drink gourmet coffee, Apple is getting non gamers to play games.
game  device  apple  starbucks  coffee  market  strategy  comparison 
august 2012 by aries1988
Two thousand and fourteen
The question we need to ask ourselves about the future is not if it will be digital, there seems to be a unison agreement that it will – the question is what digital means? There are two scenarios:
future  device 
august 2012 by aries1988
Why The PC Will Die Soon | Fast Company
The PC has already been replaced by the tablet, in some hugely important and meaningful ways. Its day in the sun is all but over.
future  device  opinion  iPad 
august 2012 by aries1988
Little Printer | BERG Cloud
@mranti: 可惜中国无法预订,否则我已经下单了,这就是我要的东西。RT @hengdm: 网络生活微型打印机 Little Printer
life  device  future  reading  fun 
august 2012 by aries1988
Travel talk
Last week I was in Bermuda for business. Here’s a little bit about my experience as well as a mixed bag of tips for international travel.

Since I knew I wouldn’t have a data connection, I created an offline folder called Travel.[1] Here are some things I put in it:

The parking deck level number where I parked my car at my local airport
Google map screen shots of the primary area where I was staying in Bermuda[2]
Plane ticket information
Hotel information like confirmation number, local phone number, and room number
A copy of my passport (they do tend to go missing at inopportune times)
travel  tips  roaming  device  charging  ipad  iphone  evernote  offline 
june 2012 by aries1988

逛Flickr看到一位摄影师拍的一大组“Persona”的片子,展示了人们随身携带的物品。通过通过这些物品和人物肖像能够大概了解一个人的喜好和性格。其实这种方法在“以用户为中心的设计”中也经常用到,只是没Jason Travis做的这么艺术。要是哪天研究用户都细致到这份儿上,兼顾功能与艺术,那公司的“Persona”库真就出彩了。

whatsinyourbag  device  life 
august 2011 by aries1988
device  life  japan 
march 2011 by aries1988

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