David Wagner

The Quantified Self May Have Matured

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 5   >   >>
Broadway0474
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Human machines
Broadway0474   1/19/2015 10:40:15 PM
NO RATINGS
@SaneIT, I am not brushing them off. Not only is this dependence a problem for people on a personal level (eg, a disaffecttion from the world around them). It's also a social issue. Go for a ride on any freeway in your local town, and dare to look into the cars you pass. How many drivers are watching their devices instead of the road ahead? That's but one example.

 

SaneIT
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: Human machines
SaneIT   1/19/2015 8:09:35 AM
NO RATINGS
I don't blame the device, I'm pointing out the dependence on the devices.  I recently ran across a product to help curb the addiction, it's nothing more than a rubber iPhone shaped block that is the same dimensions and weight as an iPhone so that people don't feel like it is missing.  What I'm saying is that we need to be aware of dependencies that are created and not just brush them off.

Broadway0474
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Human machines
Broadway0474   1/17/2015 11:35:33 PM
NO RATINGS
SaneIT, you can't blame the devices for the way kids behave. Like you said, if it wasn't their phone or tablet, it would be something else. Then again, it's the teacher's perogative to create a device free zone. And in a way, even if these kids tremble and sweat that whole class, they deserve it and are better for it, whether they're conscious of it or not.

SaneIT
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: Human machines
SaneIT   1/16/2015 8:24:22 AM
NO RATINGS
That might work but keep in mind that students are carrying to class every day and spending a good portion of their time outside class with the devices.  My kids have friends who for lack of a better word are addicted to the screen.  In those cases I'm not sure that they'll adjust to not having it for an hour a week is going to help them adjust it will just make that hour an anxiety filled mess.  The anxiety of a quiz plus not having their crutch would be hard for some of them to take.   I'm not in any way blaming technology for this issue, people will always have things that they feel attached to for the upcoming generations it just happens to be mobile devices.

Broadway0474
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Human machines
Broadway0474   1/15/2015 11:42:04 PM
NO RATINGS
@SaneIT, I would think that you could break students of that anxiety. Say, a teacher has a quiz every week for an entire semester, during which students have to leave their phones at his desk. Bu the end of the semester, you would think that anxiety level would drop when the students didn't have their phones. Similarly, take a break from work emails and social media for a day. By day two, it's a little less stressful. By day three, even less so.

SaneIT
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: Human machines
SaneIT   1/14/2015 8:17:01 AM
NO RATINGS
I was not aware that they had public quiet zones like that.  I set quiet times for myself and people who contact me frequently know what those quiet times are.  The study I read about is detailed here http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150111195734.htm . People had trouble focusing on a test if their phone was taken away from them.  The phone really had nothing to do with taking the test but the anxiety of not having their phone resulted in lower scores.  I wonder if we run into the same types of issues with students who go into quiet zones in schools or have to turn in devices before taking tests.

Jamescon
User Rank
Editor
Re: Human machines
Jamescon   1/13/2015 10:04:10 AM
NO RATINGS
@SaneIT. I think anyone who works in a digital world goes through some degree of withdrawal when forced into radio-free environments. I got a taste of it yesterday while traveling when my wireless adapter went funky. OK, my stress level went up, but it wasn't the end of the world.

Here's an experiment someone could try:

There are "quiet" cars on Amtrak. There are cell-free buses, restaurants, and other locations. When people opt for this quiet, cell-free zones or services, why do they do it? Do they want to be isolated from the digital world? Do they want to be distant from the sometimes moronic chatter of a one-sided cell conversation? Do they just want to concentrate on their own online, but silent digital life? 

SaneIT
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: Human machines
SaneIT   1/12/2015 8:11:04 AM
NO RATINGS
I saw an article recently about people moving to a town in West Virginia because it is a radio dead zone.  While the numbers are small and the reason for moving seems to be a sensitivity to radio waves (not sure how that works) but I have moments when I wish I had a technology free zone or a mandatory mobile technology quiet time. I just heard about a study that shows people actually suffer from withdrawal symptoms when separated from their mobile device.  I don't see a push toward the quantified self making that any better.

Jamescon
User Rank
Editor
Re: Human machines
Jamescon   1/9/2015 9:04:47 AM
NO RATINGS
Good point about individuality and relying on devices. Some years ago I had neighbors who frequently just wouldn't answer their home phone. Why? Because they didn't feel it was worth interrupting what they were doing at the time or who they were talking to. It drove me nuts. Now I understand why they did it, and I envy people who hit "reject call" when their cell goes off.

Jamescon
User Rank
Editor
Re: Human machines
Jamescon   1/9/2015 9:01:14 AM
NO RATINGS
I'm talking about my smart phone when I say GPS.  Who uses a stand-alone GPS anymore?


Guilty, but I use it in the woods where the maps on phones aren't all that useful.

One thing I taught my kids when they were learning to drive was to always have a mental image of an aerial view of where they are in relation to some standard (and big) landmark, so they know which way is north/south and which way is east/west. Being near the Atlantic that's always been fairly reliable. The same applies to a large lake or mountain range. You might get lost in a confusing neighborhood, but when it comes to driving up and down Route 95, for example, north and what lies over the horizon usually is a pretty safe bet.

 And, even the math-challenged like me can do the 25% of 400. What's 27% of 400? (um, where's my phone?)

Page 1 / 5   >   >>
Information Resources
More Blogs from David Wagner
Very non-analytical predictions about the future of analytics.
A baseball analytics expert is getting into football. Can it work?
Talent is important to have in any business, but without a culture of analytics you might never get the talent to pay off.
Rather than relying solely on giant big data projects, sometimes very simple uses of data can be highly transformative. Perhaps something as simple as tracking email could be one of those uses.
A fun experiment about the Star Wars expanded universe could lead to very real big data breakthroughs.
Radio Show
A2 Conversations
UPCOMING
James M. Connolly
Evolution of the Data Scientist Role


3/23/2017   REGISTER   0
UPCOMING
Jessica Davis
Monetize Your Data: Turning Insights Into Action


3/29/2017   REGISTER   0
ARCHIVE
Jessica Davis
Data Analysts in Training: Meeting Tomorrow's Demand


3/8/2017  LISTEN   63
ARCHIVE
Jessica Davis
Our Bodies, Our Data: Medical Records For Sale


2/21/2017  LISTEN   63
ARCHIVE
Jessica Davis
Energy Analytics: Using Data to Find Savings


2/14/2017  LISTEN   44
ARCHIVE
Jessica Davis
Sharpen Your Analytics & Data Management Strategy


2/8/2017  LISTEN   74
ARCHIVE
Jessica Davis
Analytics: Make the Most of Data's Potential in 2017


1/19/2017  LISTEN   19
ARCHIVE
Jessica Davis
A2 Radio: Can You Trust Your Data?


12/20/2016  LISTEN   70
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Retail Analytics: See Where Style Meets Statistics


12/6/2016  LISTEN   53
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Why the IoT Matters to Your Business


11/29/2016  LISTEN   45
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Will Data and Humans Become Friends in 2017?


11/22/2016  LISTEN   40
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
We Can Build Smarter Cities


10/20/2016  LISTEN   31
Information Resources
Quick Poll
Quick Poll
About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Help  |  Register  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  RSS