‘We’re designing minds’: Industry insider reveals secrets of addictive app trade

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The average Canadian teenager is on track to spend nearly a decade of their life staring at a smartphone, and that’s no accident, according to an industry insider who shared some time-sucking secrets of the app design trade. CBC Marketplace travelled to Dopamine Labs, a startup in Venice, Calif., that uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience to help… Read more »

Study Shows Alarming Rise in Smartphone-related Injuries

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Description:With smartphone use on the rise, medical professionals say they are seeing more injuries related to the devices. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: Sept 8th, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Have you noticed any pain or issues with your health that may be related to smartphone use? 2. Other than the issues brought up in this news… Read more »

Are Apps Making In-Person Dating Harder?

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Description: The reality of dating is changing. Singles are no longer meeting in bars, they are meeting behind smartphone screens. Source: CNN Money Date: February 13, 2015 Questions for Discussion: 1. Have you signed up for any dating apps? Have you had any success on them? 2. Do you have any dating app “horror” stories?

The Psychology Of Notifications

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Description: In order to entice users, apps need to build notification triggers that are thoughtful, interesting and engaging or they risk being uninstalled. Source: TechCrunch Date: February 5, 2015 In his famed experiments, Ivan Pavlov trained his dogs to associate mealtime with the ring of a bell. Pavlov found he could elicit an involuntary physical response… Read more »

Health Risks of Texting

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Description: Health experts are seeing increased number of people with injuries from their phones. CBC News’ Sarah Konsmo reports Source: cnn.com Date: Jan 4, 2012 Questions for discussion: What are the health risks of texting? What are the actions one can take to reduce health risks of texting? Does this story make you take a… Read more »

Cellphones Test Strength of Gym Rules

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Description: LIKE movie theaters and libraries, many fitness clubs have insisted for years that their workout areas should be cellphone-free. Source: www.nytimes.com Date: December 7, 2011 Their logic is as simple and straightforward as a push-up: they want to prevent people from yakking on their phones and annoying the fitness buffs who want to crank… Read more »

Why Some Folks Can’t Live Without Gadgets

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Description: With the recent BlackBerry outage, psychologist Linda Papadopoulos discusses how society is intertwined with technology. Source: CNN.com Date: Oct 5, 2011 Questions for discussion: Why can’t we live without our gadgets? 2.  List 5 positive impacts of technology on our lives and list five negative impacts technology has had on our lives.