Kids Best Parents in Battle of Smartphone Distractions
A Pew survey on parents, kids and their smartphones
reveals how distracting the devices can be
throughout the workday or school day.
“In some cases, teens might be
a little bit better at managing
their own distraction than
their parents are,” wrote
Abby Ohlheiser. “Fifteen
percent of parents
told Pew that they
are often dis-
tracted at work
because of their
8% of teens
said the same
groups are nearly
equally susceptible to the tempta-
tion to respond quickly to texts. “Similar numbers of
teens and parents (18% and 20%, respectively) report
that they feel obligated to respond to messages from oth-
ers immediately,” Ohlheiser wrote.
l Source: www.washingtonpost.com
AY BY SMARTPHONE
Tired of always entering a password when you start your computer? Maybe a radio frequency identification chip (RFID) is the
Patrick McMullan, president of Three Square Market in
Wisconsin, joined last year with roughly 50 employees in volunteering to have a chip injected into his hand. The chips, wrote
Rachel Metz, are intended to “make it a little easier to do things
like get into the office, log on to computers and buy food and
drinks in the company cafeteria.” A year later, McMullen and a
few others continue to use the chips, while 30 more employees
have had chips inserted. Only two people have had them
removed, and that was when they left the company.
Software Engineer Sam Bengtson said he uses his chip
10–15 times a day. He told Metz that “swiping his hand over an
RFID reader plugged into his computer is no different from typing in his password on a keyboard.”.
l Source: www.technologyreview.com
Out With Passwords, in With Microchips?
Eyestrain. Screen time. We worry that our devices are doing us in. But
that fear has been around for decades.
“Before smartphones and handheld devices, that anxiety was directed
televisions,” wrote Susan Murray. “From the time of their commercialization
people worried about the potential harms of the device: the harms of placin
their face close to the screen, of watching for many hours at a time, of the a
ance’s position at the center of domestic life.”
Concern about radiation-emitting color TV sets led to viewers to maintain
least a six-foot viewing distance from the front of the screen and [avoid] pro
longed exposure at the sides, rear or underneath a set.”
The concern over TV radiation gradually faded, but today’s smartphone
users “share a niggling sense that something about the way people use
them is amiss.” Despite features that reduce blue light from displays, or
apps that help reduce smartphone use, “these forces are producing
an existential dread” about our device dependency. “It’s hard
not to feel that we are doomed to be destroyed by them
eventually,” Murray wrote.
l Source: theatlantic.com