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How Are Smartphones Affecting Teenagers?

How Are Smartphones Affecting Teenagers?

Smartphones: The Extensive Usage of Technology

In the present scenario if you look around one would always find individuals glued to their Smartphone devices especially the younger generation.  One would observe that more than 1.8 billion individuals tend to be in possession of  smartphones and tend to utilise it on a daily basis. According to some research it is assessed that an typical individual tends to check his Smartphone screen around 150 times a day.  The extensive usage of technology is among the teenagers of our community.

As per the data from Britain it had indicated that around 70% in the age group of eleven to twelve tend to utilise Smartphones which seems to close to 90% by the age of 14.  It had been reported in a recent journal that around 56% of the kids in the age group of 10 to 13 are in possession of  smartphones.

Though it may seem shocking, it is estimated that about 25% of the kids in the age of two and five tend to have  smartphones.  Smartphones and tablets have now taken the place of basketballs and baby dolls on the wish list of a child. At elementary school level, kids have now been asking or demanding for this sort of Smartphones devices before venturing much into the education world.

Learning – Mental Process – Adjusts Conceptions – Biology/Experiences

All this had led to queries on how mobile technology particularly with regards to smartphones could be affecting the brain development of children. This subject of discussion had created plenty of debate among parents, researchers and educators.

Smartphones unfortunately are comparatively new and plenty of the evidence collected is uncertain or unreliable. This would mean that it is essential for parents to contemplate the possible effects that smartphones could have on the psychology and the development, during childhood.

Plenty of study has been done in comprehending how children tend to learn and there are several theories being rolled out.  However Jean Piaget could be the most respected person in the field of education.

His reasoning development theory tends to explain how learning could be a mental process which adjusts the conceptions based on biology and experiences. He reasoned that kids tend to learn the same way and their brains grow and operate in the same patterns moving through four general stages of growth.

Various Types of Techniques employed in Smartphones– Stream of Learning

Mentors have been implementing various types of techniques as well as methods in their stream of learning which is built on the principles of Piaget.  It is essential for kids to experience the world around them in order to accommodate fresh ideas on what they seem to know and discover.

Face to face interaction in the case of children seems to be the most important way of gaining knowledge and learning.  Dr Jenny Radesky of Boston Medical Centre had been concerned when she observed the lack of communication between the parents and children. Her observation is that the smartphones together with handheld devices have been creating hindrances to relationship and parental care.

She also stated further that the children tend to learn language, learn about their own emotions, and how to regulate them.  Moreover they also learn by observing the adults how to engage in a conversation, how to read the facial expressions of people.  If these incidents are not taking place, children are prone to miss out on important elements in the development milestones.

Radio Frequencies Emanated from Smartphones– Damage Developing Brain

Doctors as well as educators have been concerned on the over exposure of touch-screen technology which tends to affect the developing mind.  Screen time tends to reduce the capability of learning and exploring physically the world which can be done through interactions and play that has been reduced with the possession of the smartphones.

The main concern is radiation from cell-phones and how the smartphones could impact the brain.  But the theory of radiation has not yet been confirmed and several of the professionals have claimed that the cell-phone do not tend to expose us to adequate radiation which could be harmful which could give some relief to parents.

However it seems that the radio frequencies emanated from smartphones could essentially cause damage to a developing brain. In the case of a teen, the temporal as well as the frontal lobes of the brain are in the developing process and are the nearest to the ear area where the teens are inclined to hold their device.

Research had indicated that both the temporal and frontal are developing actively during the adolescence and are said to be involved in phases of progressive cognitive functioning. Researchers are considering how smartphones together with the Internet could impede or augment the brain function, besides exposing the developing brains to radio waves or dangerous radiation.

Smartphones Screen Time – Circuits in Brain Neglected

The head of UCLA’ memory and aging research centre, Dr Gary Small had implemented an experiment which had displayed how the brains of people changed in response to Internet use.  He utilised two groups, those comprising of plenty of computer savvy and the other with minimal technology experience.

Through brain scans, he observed that the two teams seemed to have identical brain functions while reading the text from a book but the tech team displayed `broad brain activity in the left-front area of the brain which is known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.

The learners on the other hand portrayed little, if any, activity in this part. With the invasion of technology and screen time, the brains have been revamped and it seems that with the increased screen time, the circuits in the brain that tends to control more traditional methods of learning, has been neglected.

These are naturally utilised for reading, writing and concentration. The communication skills have been affected to a great extent due to smartphones and the Internet together with the emotional development of individuals.  They tend to risk and weaken the skills of the individual if they are inclined to depend on electronics in communicating.

Dr Small has recommended that kids could become isolated from the feelings of others. Health officials are unable to decide on the effect that smartphones and the other identical devices may have on the developing brains.  Research tends to contradict each other with new benefits to technology are being revealed frequently.

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Technology

Meet Method-2, the Korean MegaBot Straight out of Sci-Fi

Meet Method-2, the Korean MegaBot Straight out of Sci-Fi

Method-2 – Enormous Robot 

The founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos was said to be piloting the enormous robot prototype at the MARS conference of the company in Palm Springs and Method-2 seemed to be an appropriate symbol for the event.

MAR tends to stand for Machine-learning, home Automation, Robotics and Space exploration. Placed at four metres tall, the cockpit of Method-2, retained in its torso is said to accommodate only one person.  The hands of the pilot are connected to two mechanical levers which incline to transfer movement to its big aluminium hands.

Contrasting to the character Ripley of Weaver who takes on a Xenomorph in Aliens, Bezos does not seem to be intend on destruction.  What seems to appear as a billionaire’s party prank became the outcome of a research project that had started in 2014 when Vitaly Bulgarov, an industrial designer, received mysterious inquiry.

Bulgarov had worked for the film and games industries for the earlier 12 years and had created designs and characters for Robocop, Transformers and World of Warcraft.  However this task seemed to be different.

The CEO of the South Korean firm Hankook Mirae Technology, Jin-Ho Yang, had got in touch with Bulgarov with a request.  He wanted to create something which would be possible in films and comics and the result is up and running, three years later.

Method-2  First Manned Bipedal Robot

Method-2 taken by Bezos on a wild test run was not just a robot. Its designer had informed that the first manned bipedal robot has the potential of moving 1.5 tonnes while synchronously translating the movements of its pilot. If the passenger tends to lift up an arm, Method-2 is also said to lift an air and the only difference is that the latter’s arm seems to weight 148 kg.

It has fingers which are around 30 centimetres long.  When Method-2 seems to appear in public, it creates a mixture of eagerness, amusement and scepticism. Regardless of the robot’s advanced engineering that Hankook Mirae Technology had designed internally and Method-2 is said to walk like a drunken Goliath.

The robot hence stays suspended from two steel cables just like a toddler held back in the safety reins of its parent while learning to walk. This however is likely to change and the company intends to install a new high-performance battery which will enable Method-2 to walk around for up to three hours at a stretch.

Usage of Method-2 In Hazardous Environments

Unfortunately, it would not improve on its gait which seems to be a problem of weight distribution.  Method-2 will not be able to silence the feet which tend to make the ground shake as they hit the floor. As for Jin-Ho, there seems to be no more beautiful sound.  As a boy, he had dreamt of constructing robots.

He has invested about SKW242 billion (166m) in his company that had set up precisely to improve Method-2.  Towards the end of 2017 he expects to start selling the robot to consumers for usage in hazardous environments like nuclear ruins of Fukushima.

His engineers have already started working on radiation protection.  Jin-Ho had stated that individual components established in the creation of Method-2 can also be on their own; with industrial application.

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Technology

Orihime: Creating Robot to Combat Loneliness

Orihime: Creating Robot to Combat Loneliness

Orihime Robot to Combat Loneliness

Kentaro Yoshifuji a serial inventor as well as developer of Orihime robot had designed it to support the loneliness he had experienced as a child. A report from Tribune News Services states that over six million elderly people tend to live alone and by 2030 one project had stated that almost 40% of the Japanese people will be living by themselves.  For several people in Japan, loneliness seems to be a regular reality.  However solution is on the way in the form of a new robot.     Yoshifuji has mentioned that from elementary school to middle school for a period of three and a half years owing to stress and illness, he had been at home and for major part could not attend school at all.

 

He had been mentally as well as physically weak from over-stress and could not bear to meet anyone.  He lagged behind in studies and suffered from feeling of inferiority.  He began distrusting people and was distressed by acute loneliness.

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Software

Android Oreo:12 Best Features of New Android Operating System

Android Oreo:12 Best Features of New Android Operating System

Android 8.0 Oreo is already official: All News

Google is long dressed to present its new operating system packed with new features aimed at improving the user experience, aesthetics, and performance of their devices called Oreo. Do you want to know what all the news is?

After months talking about it, we finally know the definitive name of Android O, and as many already expected, it is Android 8.0 Oreo. This update comes to revolutionize the Android terminals, implementing great improvements that will directly affect the performance of our devices, a more satisfactory user experience and a modern, useful and intuitive aesthetic. A wonder you can not miss.

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Blogging Tips

Signature and Forum Marketing for Bloggers

Signature and Forum Marketing for Bloggers

There are several ways of promoting your blog like Signature marketing. Over the years, I have put in back bending hours to learn and implement every other blog promotion technique that I came across and I continue to learn at a frenetic speed.

Various ways to promote blog

Add Blog URL to email signature (Signature Marketing)

Link to other blogs.

Have a blogroll section.

Visit forums and comment actively to help others and help yourself.

Participate in Link exchanges.

Social Media Posting

Social bookmarking

Blog Carnival

Blog Commenting

Blog directories and blog search engines

Article Marketing

RSS Feed optimization

Put blog URL on your visiting card, car stickers etc.

Shall we go through what is called as ‘Signature Marketing’.’?

 

Signature Marketing:

When corresponding with people via traditional mail you always include a signature, don’t you? On the internet, since you do not have a letterhead that is embedded with your contact information, your contact details can be included in your email as a signature. Each email you send can include a proper email signature that will look professional and thus adds credibility to your business.

A signature block is a block of text and small images (icons and logos) that are automatically appended to the bottom of an e-mail message or forum post.

It is common practice for a signature block to consist of one or more lines containing some brief information about the author of the message.

What does a ‘Signature’ contain?

Information usually contained in a signature block includes the poster’s name, phone number, and email address, along with other contact details if required, such as URLs of the websites owned or favored by the author. (Please make a note of the word, ‘favoured’)

Create an Email Signature in GMail

  1. Login to your GMail account.
  2. Select Settings link from the drop down menu adjacent to the ‘gear’ icon. Setting screen will appear with General tab selected
  3. Scroll down to Signature.
  4. Select the radio button beside the empty text box.
  5. Type out your website/blog URL as your signature in the empty text box.
  6. Scroll further down the page until you see the Save Changes button.
  7. Click the Save Changes button.

That was pretty easy.

Test Email Signature in GMail

Now that you have a signature set up you should test that it is working and looking the way you wanted it to.

From your Inbox, click the Compose Mail link in the top left.

Do you notice your signature was automatically inserted?

How is it looking?

If you feel you need to revise your signature, just go back to Settings and repeat the process above.

Now each email will contain the information on how to contact you when you are sending Gmail. It is free advertising.

Signature Marketing using forums:

I am continuing with signature marketing using forums.  Your signature can be very effectively used in forums too where you are sure to get clicks on your signature.

I know it for sure because; I never bypass an option to include my signature. It was helpful for me in learning about thousands of websites on myriad subjects. It also helped me getting wonderful online friends over the years.

Forums and Forum Signature:

An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site. From a technological standpoint, forums or boards are web applications managing user-generated content.

Forums are great avenues for driving traffic to your blogs. People participating in an Internet forum can build bonds with each other. An interest group will easily form around a topic’s discussion, subjects dealt with in or around sections in the forum.

Forum users are generally net savvy and open to making online purchases. Many forum users are also respected experts and bloggers in the specific topics covered by the forum.

When you sign up for a forum, you will be able to edit your profile.

In your profile, you can add your signature and give your website URLs. Just about every member of the forum will see and click on your signature provided you actively participate in the forums.

It is also a great place to learn ways to monetize your blog. Savvy internet marketers know that forums can be an ideal way of building a reputation, establishing an expert status, and driving traffic to your web site.

When you sign up in a forum of your interest, remember these points.

* Read the posts.

* Respond to people’s questions.

* Ask questions.

* Make yourself known.

* And build your own profile there.

Search engines, like Google, often crawl popular forums and index posts. That means your posts will appear in the search engines, another extremely important reason you want to be as professional as possible when you chat in forums.

When you first join a forum, read for a few days to get a feel of how things work. You will come to know the most popular members and whose opinions seem to be the most trusted. Once you’ve accustomed yourself to the forum etiquettes, start posting.

Drive people to sites that might help them or answer their questions before pointing to your blog posts. Establish yourself as a person ready to help out.

Don’t shout; don’t get angry. Forums are vulnerable places for your emotions to take the better of you.

Not all forums are worth your time. Successful forum marketing means finding the right community for your business. Some forums even prevent new users from adding their signature before posting a certain number of posts.

Remember these points while participating in a forum.

Many forums have unique guidelines that you need to pay attention to. Some of the most important issues to look for include:

  • Are users allowed to place links in their posts?
  • Are users allowed to promote their own businesses?
  • Are users allowed to post commercial messages in their signatures?
  • Are users allowed to contact other members for commercial purposes?
  • What restrictions are placed on new users?
  • What special privileges are given to veteran users?

 Pick a good user name and avatar

Your user name and avatar are the first things other users will notice about you. Pick a user name that is easy to remember and pronounce. Using your real name might be appropriate, especially if your name is closely identified with your brand.

What is an avatar?

Avatars are small pictures attached to all your posts. A good head shot of yourself or cute pictures of your kids or pets make the best avatars. Avoid using any pictures that might be considered offensive or controversial.

Create a compelling profile

A good profile can help you establish credibility on the forum. Provide a solid description of your expertise and experience. Feel free to add in a couple of personal tidbits to humanize your profile. Information like your hometown, your pet’s name, or your favorite sports team is good ways to break the ice.

Introduce yourself

Many forums encourage new users to introduce themselves to the community by making an introductory post. This is usually done in threads especially designated for welcoming new members. These threads are usually called some variation of “Say Hi Here,” “How Did You Find Us,” or” New Members Check In Here.”

Your introductory post should include a brief description of your expertise and an explanation of why you joined the forum. Let the other users know that your main goal is to contribute to and learn from the community. Do not make any marketing pitches in your first post. If you try to sell anything in your first post you are very likely to get banned.

Put your website’s address in your signature

Like email signature, Forum signatures are blocks of text or graphic that are attached to the end of all your posts. If you are in a forum that allows self-promotional signatures, make sure you take full advantage of this opportunity.

How to avoid getting banned:

Do not get drawn into heated arguments. It would be a shame to get banned just because you don’t agree with someone else’s opinion.   Here’s how you can avoid the drama:

  • Constantly remind yourself that your mission here is to build goodwill for your business.
  • Stay away from charged up topics like politics or religion.
  • Resist the urge to respond to criticism. If you have to answer, at least give yourself a couple of hours to cool off before responding.
  • Use emoticons to indicate when you are being facetious.
  • End discussions the moment you sense that it is getting contentious. Just say you agree to disagree and that you want to move on to other more pleasant topics.

How to get paid to use your signature?

Do you remember the word ‘favored URL’ mentioned earlier? Some members who don’t have their own websites can offer to put others’ website URLs in their signature and charge a monthly fee for that.

The fee can be high if you have contributed more posts in the forum. For example, if you have posted about 1000 times in various threads, your signature will appear in 1000 posts. That’s a big visibility on the internet.

Do you catch my point?

Forums are difficult to maintain especially with spammers around. That’s why several forums meet an early death.

The best forum for bloggers and Internet marketers is https://forums.digitalpoint.com/

It has been around for than 10 years.

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