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It's not uncommon to pull up next to a car that's been driving erratically only to find that the driver is distracted with a smartphone. Hey, it's a sign of the times we live in, and while banning the use of handheld electronics while driving is one solution, hands-free operation is emerging as a compromise. Unfortunately, studies are finding that talking to your car may not be a safer alternative. In fact, there are at least two recent studies that suggest the problem of distracted driving is even worse when using voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems, the Associated Press... Read more...
Still find yourself pissed off at Facebook for potentially messing with your head when it experimented on 700,000 users without their consent? Hey, it's all good, brother -- Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer posted a set of new guidelines that will help the world's largest social network do a better job at monkeying around with your brain. Honest. Are you lost? Let's back up a moment. Facebook published a paper this past summer revealing that it ran an "emotional contagion" experiment on hundreds of thousands of Facebook users without their knowledge or consent. In plain English, Facebook altered the... Read more...
If you or your spouse spend a lot of time on Facebook, it can be pretty scary to see a study suggest there's a correlation between heavy Facebook use and divorce. However, it's important to note the distinction between "correlation" and "causation," which is to say that spending an inordinate amount of time on Facebook or any other social network won't necessarily drive your marriage into the dumps. The study appears in the July 2014 edition of Computers in Human Behavior, and in it, the researchers looked at the rise of Facebook use and the rate of divorce on a state-by-state basis. What they... Read more...
Let's not tread lightly here, we all know how the stereotypical video gamer is portrayed on TV, and perhaps in our own minds sometimes as well -- overweight, anti-social, hyperactive (especially on chat), lazy, living in their parents' basement, and the unflattering list goes on. Just reference the "Make Love, Not Warcraft" episode of South Park to see several of those traits played out. It's amusing (the episode, that is), but are gamers getting a bad rap? Most definitely yes, a new survey reveals. First, let's talk about age and sex (as in gender). According to a study called "The New Face of... Read more...
Unless you're willing to live out the rest of your life as a hermit, you'll notice there's a pecking order wherever you go. This is especially true among teenagers, but what might surprise you is exactly how their social statuses are determined these days. Instead of name brand clothes, which has been the case for many years, a teen's social status is largely determined by food and electronics. No joke! Piper Jaffray told the International Business Times that fashion apparel ruled the day in 2005, but "today it's food." That's a first in 13 years -- where a teen choose to dine out has a bigger... Read more...
It's said a picture is worth 1,000 words, and if that's the case, then what do selfies say? Perhaps quite a bit, actually. For the uninitiated, a "seflie" is the practice of taking your own picture, and these days it's typically done with a mobile device's front-facing camera. You've probably seen teens and adults alike make goofy faces at their cell phone -- they're probably using Snapchat or some equivalent. Selfies are certainly trending in the mobile world, and according to various experts in the field of health, it could be cause for concern. An article in the Guardian Liberty Voice tells... Read more...
A new study further debunks the idea that violent video games turn people into cold blooded killers, or whatever politicians are claiming these days. In an interesting twist, the study does link aggression and hostile behavior to games, but it's not the violent content of a title that gets a gamer's blood boiling, it's the frustration level. Whether it's trying to learn a game's complicated controls or navigating difficult levels, frustration and aggression are common side effects of all types of video games, not just violent ones. Anyone who's ever played Flappy Bird will probably find themselves... Read more...
We're all aware of the dangers of texting and driving -- it's generally not wise to take your eyes off the road when barreling down the freeway encased in a hunk of steel and glass -- but what about texting and walking? There's at least one medical professor out there who believes that walking and text messaging is even more dangerous than distracted driving. According to Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Buffalo, texting and walking is responsible for more injuries per mile than driving and texting. "Pedestrian injuries are particularly dangerous because there's... Read more...
Not everyone needs to be a geek or even particularly tech savvy, though the latter is a trait that will certainly come in handy time and again. We get it, we all have different interests and what not. At the same time, we're a little taken aback by a new survey indicating that around 1 in 10 Americans (11 percent) think HTML is an STD. Like syphilis. In case anyone reading this is among the 11 percent, HTML is not a sexually transmitted disease. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a programming language used to make websites, and while it can incite anger, rage, and frustration (just like any programming... Read more...
As any mobile user can attest, there are no shortages of free games to download from the various app market places, though many of them try to attach their tentacles to your wallet or purse through in-game purchases (some are worse about it than others). These can range from weapon and armor upgrades, to gems that can be exchanged for more play time, or anything else. If a game is a hit, these in-game purchases become cash cows for the developer, but you might be surprised where the bulk of those dollars are coming from. According to Swrve, makers of an in-app marketing platform for mobile, just... Read more...
A lot can change in three years. In 2011, Google launched its own social network, Ultrabooks became a thing, Steve Ballmer was the head of Microsoft for the foreseeable future, and it looked like we'd all own a glasses-free 3D TV someday soon. That's really just a sampling of how the landscape has changed in three short years, but it begs the question, what major events are in store for 2017? Try the death of Facebook. A couple of graduate students at Princeton University published a paper claiming Facebook will lose around 80 percent of its active membership by 2017, which would virtually destroy... Read more...
It's rather annoying having to sidestep a fellow pedestrian on the sidewalk who's paying more attention to his mobile phone than his surroundings, but not only is such behavior selfishly rude, it's scientifically observed to be dangerous, too. A new study points out all kinds of flaws with trying to text message and strut at the same time. Researchers at Australia's University of Queensland used motion capture technology similar to that employed by movie studios to observe walking patterns. Test subjects wore reflective markers on the back of their heads using a head-band, as well as their back,... Read more...
Listen up kids, are your parents giving you grief about wanting to stay inside and play video games rather than venture outside in the cold weather and risk pneumonia? We've all been there, except the games 'back-in-the-day' were far less advanced and graphically polished as they are today, but that's a topic for another story. The point we're trying to pass on is that playing games has been scientifically proven to increase brain power, adding to the list of studies that suggest they're good for you. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, this isn't a free pass to lock yourself inside during... Read more...
The typical smartphone contains a wealth of information, including contacts, photos, text messages, and more. They also serve as portals to cloud services, so you can imagine how stressful it would be to misplace one of these devices. Plus, they're expensive to replace. Be that as it may, security outfit Avast claims consumers living in the United States are the most likely to lose a smartphone. That little tidbit is based on a survey of 167,904 customers worldwide. After figuring what which nation is the most careless with their digital devices, Avast then set out to see who is affected most by... Read more...
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