Waraku Education

Ideas, experiments and observations as they occur [and I have time] relating to teaching and learning in a secondary school - special focus on ICT.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Thumb tribes

A student walked into class today and out of the blue said "Check out my thumb mucsles Mr Ruwoldt, from playing Xbox. I've been playing Xbox for 12 hours straight." This was interesting as I remember reading about how thumbs are being used differently some time ago. We took a photo.

http://ojr.org/japan/wireless/1094780193.php
Thumb tribes
The young generation that utilizes the keitai functions of phone, e-mail and Internet frequently as part of daily life.

The name stems from the quick motion of a thumb pushing buttons on a cell phone.

I think it all started when people began to play games only with their thumbs (Nintendo and so on).


Thumbs take over for text generation

"Discovering that the younger generation has taken to using thumbs in a completely different way and are instinctively using thumbs where the rest of us are using our index fingers is particularly interesting."

In her research, Dr Plant noticed that while those less used to mobile phones used one or several fingers to access the keyboard, younger people used both thumbs ambidextrously, barely looking at the keys as they made rapid entries.
For the record, the lad in question uses his index finger to press the door bell.

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