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Pocket computers are intimate tech.

Mobile phones are quite possibly the most intimate physical relationship we’ve ever had with technology. We carry them our pockets. We take them to bed with us. They capture our attention. How does tech make us feel?

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Doomscrolling

Animated gif of cartoon hands scrolling through a cellphone on fire.
Animated gif of cartoon hands scrolling through a cellphone on fire.

"Doomscrolling" refers to the behavior of continuously scrolling through negative, distressing, or alarming news, even...

Pokémon Go

A densely packed crowd of young people look at their phones to capture Pokémon in a hotspot in the UK.
A densely packed crowd of young people look at their phones to capture Pokémon in a hotspot in the UK.

Pokémon Go's augmented reality mobile game brought virtual and physical worlds together, showcasing the potential of mobile...

Flash mobs

Capture of the Macy's 'love rug' flash mob, with organizers and many participants examining the rug in question.
Capture of the Macy's 'love rug' flash mob, with organizers and many participants examining the rug in question.

Popular in the mid-2000s, flash mobs are sudden gatherings of people, often for entertainment or artistic purposes....

“Thumb tribe” emerges in Japan

Illustration depicts woman reading a novel on her flip phone.
Illustration depicts woman reading a novel on her flip phone.

The "thumb tribe" or "thumb generation" refers to the tech-savvy youth who grew up using mobile phones with touchscreens,...

– Natalya Dell, Birmingham, UK

How does your mobile phone make you feel? How has that changed over time?

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Graph showing the effective weight of a head depending on the angle of tilt looking down at a phone.

Constantly staring down at your phone can wreck your posture, resulting in some serious neck and back pain.

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