From Truth-Out: If you're among the more than 2 billion people in the world that now uses a smartphone, chances are pretty good you remember your first smartphone. You remember how your life changed when your phone suddenly became connected to the internet and became a tool to find your way around almost anywhere instantaneously, send emails on the go, stay in touch with loved ones 24/7, and answer all your random curiosities.
From Bloomberg: If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a “constant checker.” And chances are, it’s hurting your mental health.
From Anthony Tommasini in NY Times: For all the wonders of the web, it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry,” Ian Leslie argues in “Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” This book is among a growing number exploring what might be lost as we “lean on search engines and offload our memories to cloud storage,” to quote a review of four contributions to the topic last year by Jacob Silverman in The New York Times.
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Chris Brogan sees a lot of shifts in the whole online/social networks landscape. Some of it kind of saddens him. The rest of it points to the weakening state of effectiveness of various platforms as business tools. You can disagree. That’s fine.
From Holy Kaw: So, what did 2014 look like in terms of politics, economic well-being and culture? These were the fourteen charts they found most striking in terms of being signs of the times.
From Typographica: This year marks another step in the typographic diversification we observed in our previous annual. The global spread of independent font makers and the variety of new ideas in type design continues unabated. As evidence of that diversity, the 53 typefaces selected from 2013 were created by designers from at least 20 countries
From Freelance Folder: Everyone wants to know, what is going to be the next big social media platform? What sites will become as big as Facebook or Twitter?
The truth is that the next big social media site may already be out there. But the next popular site probably won’t be like the social media sites developed five or more years ago.