Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information.
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I used to have shelves and shelves of reference books – which I would refer to frequently. When I needed answers that were not readily at hand, I shuffled off to the library and would pour over the books I couldn’t check out . . . and borrow the ones I could. I read – to find information.
Now . . . I google.
Google is planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. Google will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. The company plans to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.
This would be great for Farmington!
Google – go to Farmington!
There’s not a lot of research about seniors and blogging, partly because the phenomenon appears to be fairly new and partly because blogger demographics are hard to pin down. (Who knows whether that 75-year-old blogger is actually a 20-year-old college student?) What data there are suggest that most bloggers are teenagers and young adults: According to Web-use research company Perseus Development Corp., more than 90 percent of blogs are created by people under 30. Which stands to reason. Who else has enough time on their hands to sit around blogging?
Oh, yeah. Seniors. Retirees. Empty-nesters.
From a 2005 study:
“Only 0.3 percent of the Internet’s estimated 53.4 million bloggers are age 50 or older according to a recent study by Perseus, a Web survey firm …”.
So – I ask the question: What am I doing here??
Is Social Media just for young folks?
2009 – The Guardian reported that Facebook and other social media sites are being overrun by older users… “the surest way to kill a youth trend.” And sure enough, younger users are heading for the exits:
Although their love of being online shows no sign of abating, the percentage of 15- to 24-year-olds who have a profile on a social networking site has dropped for the first time – from 55% at the start of last year to 50% this year. In contrast, 46% of 25- to 34-year-olds are now regularly checking up on sites such as Facebook compared with 40% last year.
Veteran TV Anchor Leaves Award-Winning Career to Launch
International Children’s Movement
After 12 years of the same old negative news stories, award-winning, former FOX news anchor Cynthia Lee recently left television news to pursue her new venture, Motah, which is her slang for the word “motivate,”in hopes of inspiring a movement. [February 2009]
April 10, 2009 article in the San Antonio Business Journal, by Andi Rodriguez:
This week, after 11 years, FOX/KABB-TV’s Cynthia Lee bids adieu to the anchor desk and blazes a trail in a new direction. The award-winning Lee is launching her own show titled “Motah’d Kids.” Slang for “motivate,” “Motah” is actually a multi-tiered effort consisting of a television pilot, Web site, blog and on-line magazine demonstrating how “ordinary kids do extraordinary things.”
“We’re focusing on a younger demo,” Lee says. “Motah is actually an entire movement, designed to bring more positive, real kid achievements to television and the Internet. It’s gratifying to tell a story, knowing that it might inspire and motivate someone else.”
Lee is genuine in her gratitude for the opportunity she received at FOX. She chose not to renew her contract, with the support of management.
“This is a dream I’ve had for quite a while and I needed to focus,” Lee says. “I know this is where I’m meant to be, using my talents to help people, especially kids.”