When neurologist William Tatum and his team stuck scalp electrodes on people undergoing video EEG monitoring for epilepsy, they stumbled upon what might be the first biological evidence that texting physically messes with the brain. Tatum’s chief technician at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., noticed odd brain waveforms when some people texted. The brain patterns caught her attention because they were weirdly similar to what she was looking for: potential seizure activity. The findings, reproduced in a recently published study involving 129 people, monitored 24 hours a day over 16 months, add tantalizing new insights into smartphone-brain “interfaces.”
– from ‘New brain wave discovered among texters’, Sharon Kirkey, National Post, 27 Nov 2016
Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, which offers a way to wipe your entire existence off the internet in a few clicks.
When logging into the website with a Google account it scans for apps and services you’ve created an account for, and creates a list of them with easy delete links.
If you’re getting tired of social media and internet-induced stress in general, it’s the quickest way to get back to a state of tranquility — and to be honest, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
– from Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button, Juan Buis, TNW, 24 Nov 2016
“..one audience member at Thursday’s performance of Hand to God … startled crew and fellow theater-goers by climbing on to the stage of the Booth Theatre before the show started.
Once on stage, he tried to plug a cellphone charger into a power point on the show’s set which, it turns out, was fake.
Chris York, who was sitting in the mezzanine section on 2 July, recounted what happened on his Facebook page, and news of the audience member’s behavior was getting wider attention on Tuesday.
York told the Guardian the incident occurred about two minutes before the show was set to begin, and that the man who jumped to the stage was in his early 20s.
There were no stairs to the stage, York said, so to get to it the man had to leap and then walk about 15 feet to the outlet that, York said, was “clearly fake”.
“The whole time it was very bizarre,” York said.
At first, people thought it was a part of the show, he said, but once they realized the truth, the audience started laughing and heckling the man. The crew stopped the pre-show music, removed the charger and made an announcement to the audience prohibiting them from charging their phones on stage.”
– from ‘Broadway theater-goer jumps on stage to charge phone – in fake outlet’, The Guardian, 7 July 2015
“Kevin Hart may be one of the top comedians in North America, but he has no sense of humour when it comes to cellphones at his show.
In advance of his show at Regina’s Evraz Place next Wednesday, the facility is sending out warnings to ticket holders: Texting, tweeting or talking on cellphones is completely forbidden.”
– from ‘Kevin Hart to Regina fans: Tweeting or texting will get you kicked out’, CBC, 13 Nov 2016
“She’s playing Pokémon and Beyonce is singing,” he yells, “Look at where she is. Look at where she is. She’s next to the stage.”
– from ‘Beyoncé fan freaks out at Pokémon Go player during concert’, EW, July 2016
“A conductor with the New York Philharmonic halted a performance due to a ringing cellphone, a rare occurrence that has sparked much talk about proper phone protocol.
As the orchestra was hitting the final movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 during a Tuesday night performance at New York’s Lincoln Center, the distinct sounds of marimba music emanating from the first row was floating out.
After a hard glare from music director Alan Gilbert, the phone kept ringing, at which point Gilbert stopped the performance altogether.”
– from ‘Cellphone ring stops orchestra performance’, CBC, 13 Jan 2012
“Patrons place their phones (on vibrate mode) in the lockable pouches in the lobby of the venue and take them into the performance. If they get a call, they can return to the lobby to have their phone unlocked.
When everyone at a concert is preoccupied with their phone, “you’ve taken little nicks and cut out of the experience in a way that doesn’t allow the event to build into something, which is why people go to live experiences in the first place: to be swept up into a shared mood in a physical space in real time with everyone there,” Dugoni says.”
– from ‘Put that phone away! Locking cellphone pouch puts focus back on the live show’, CBC, 14 Nov 2016