How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers
Technology is rapidly evolving! The demise of the back button on Google’s latest version of Android smartphone was predicted in February when a software code was leaked. Latest devices are quickly adopting a no-button approach.
Tech companies have been gradually closing the gap between our virtual selves and our bodies. They aspire to create an ideal scenario where our natural, pure expressions are channelled into tech devices. This has been evident during the past decade, which has seen the introduction of many interfaces that seeks to make this visions a reality.
Technologies are becoming so essential that they now have the ability to define and confine movement. They are not simply objects, but have evolved to become architectures which organizes our bodies in space and time. With new technologies comes the need to learn new things about it. How to operate it, use the new feature, adapt to it, and utilize it.
Research shows that writing in print, in cursive, or by typing are each associated with distinct brain patterns and significant learning outcomes. How we use our hands profoundly affects how we think. And this is something technology and new devices are bringing to the fore.
Certainly, by training our bodies into these movement systems, we learn new ways of communicating with expansive networks of data, knowledge, and people. But they train us to speak in a limiting language that primes our thoughts and shapes how we act.
According to a 2016 study, the average user touches his or her phone 2,617 times a day. With each stroke, our devices become more a part of us—and us of them.
- date publishedAugust 10, 2020
- original sourceWired