At this point, we’re all but convinced that our smartphones are out to kill us. Another nail in our coffin comes from a study that claims using your Dots-equipped device before bed can make you feel “hungover” the next day.
According to researchers from Michigan State University, people who used their phones for business purposes after 9 P.M. saw their energy and productivity levels decrease the next day partly because the phone’s blue light messes with their melatonin levels.
For most millennials, the idea of having children is terrifying enough without any scientific data. Giving up on Netflix binges and our pert little kale-nourished bodies in favor of making sure a screaming blob of meat doesn’t die on us? Um, no thanks.
So this new study is either a point in favor of reproduction, or a point against it, depending on how you feel about smartphone addiction. Research sponsored by AOL has determined that new moms use their smartphones more than any other adults do, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Some scientific evidence has finally proven what we at Betabeat have known for eons: typing away at your iPhone or laptop all day makes you smart. Like, really smart.
Haters and those fearful of change like to clutch their pearls over the idea that the omnipresence of technology and social media makes people dumber. Check the noun-verb agreement in that last sentence and you’ll realize that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In reality, the spotty youths of today can “write and think far better than in the past,” The Globe and Mail asserts.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
We’re all such smartphone addicts at this point, a misplaced phone results in panic for most people under 30. Thankfully, a team of researchers are working to rectify the issue of temporary 3G loss by creating bionic skin that doubles as a smartphone.
The researchers, based in Tokyo, stumbled upon the cybernetic skin kind of by accident, Dvice reports. They were trying to create skin for robots that would allow them to feel pressure and temperature.
Kim Jong Ummm
When people aren’t paying attention to you, the best course of action is to enact strict rules that force them to look at you. At least, that seems to be the thought process of couples who are banning technology from their weddings, which is a trend now, CBS Miami reports.
Brides and grooms are banning phones not only during their wedding ceremonies, but also during the reception, when people are supposed to be having so much fun they don’t need to text. If your wedding reception doesn’t get Vined, Instagrammed and tweeted these days, though, did it even happen?
My Bum is on the Swedish
Pretty much the only way North Korea could be more prosperous and legit would be to get in on the smartphone game, so Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un recently visited a factory to give the new Arirang “hand phone” his blessing.
Some party poopers (“experts”) doubt that any such mobile devices are actually being created in North Korea, SkyNews points out, and believe that China may be manufacturing the Arirang before shipping it to North Korea.
Delivery From Inconvenience
Ikea has a new app that will surely please the hastily assembled furniture giant’s fans, save for one detail — it does not come with Swedish meatballs.
The app allows customers to use their smartphones to picture what a nice DAGSTORP or perhaps a solid MAGNARP would look like in their very own living rooms.
Anyone who’s ever waited in line for a MetroCard or set foot in the soul-sucking purgatory that is the Port Authority will be excited for the following news: British analysts believe mobile transit ticketing is set to triple in the next five years, according to Wired
Rich People Things
Looking for a reason to go back to Nokia? You’re in luck, because the company’s new where-the-hell-is-the-remote-control feature is even better than a game of Snake (JK, nothing is better than a game of Snake).
Don’t you just hate it when you have an extra $550? It’s so annoying. Like, go away, money.
Luckily, a company called O’Dea Design has created a couple of hideous chunks of matter that will enable you to blow a cool half a G for no reason. The devices perform the same charging function as the wire that comes with your phone for free. You can kill two birds that weren’t even bothering you with one stone!