When you feel unwell, could Googling your symptoms make you feel sicker? According to a new study, it might. You have probably heard of the placebo effect: a patient or test subject is given a pill with no medicinal effect, but they end up feeling better because they believed, or were told, that it was… Read more »
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With brightly coloured screens, feeds that scroll on endlessly and videos that autoplay, digital devices and apps are designed to keep us hooked. Now, some of the people responsible for creating those very apps and devices are raising concerns over their addictiveness, asking if the tools they’ve created could be a little too engaging. Beyond the… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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?
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 »
Description: According to a study done in Germany, social media is harder to resist than sex, cigarettes or alcohol. Source: cnn .com Date: Feb 9, 2012 Questions for discussion: Do you feel that Social Media is more irresttible than sex? Why or Why not?
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 »
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 »
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.