Following on from my earlier post, We sit on the train and look at our telephones whilst life goes by, someone has put together a beautiful, if somewhat depressing, photoblog of black-and-white snaps.
Check out We never look up it might make you think:
Over the last few years Cisco have produced a report on the changing attitude of people to being permanently connected.
This years report – 2012 Cisco Connected World Technology Report - has just been released. The report is based on two surveys, one looking into the attitudes of Gen Y, and the other looking at the attitude of IT Professionals.
At the heart of this year’s study is the smartphone and the constant connectivity it provides to work, entertainment, shopping, and friends. There are 206 bones in the human body, and the smartphone should be considered the 207th bone for Generation Y. They view smartphones as an appendage to their beings — an indispensable part of their lives, and yet they are concerned about data management and Internet security.
Who knew that 43% of British Gen Y always check there smart-phone as part of their morning ritual alongside brushing there teeth? It wasn’t much of a surprise to me having seen how many of them check their smart phone while stood at the latrine at work! The French are far less bothered about such things with only 29% always checking. It’s interesting that women are significantly more driven to be connected with 85% of them being compulsive checkers; it’s only 63% of men.
There’s a fun visualisation that enables you to calculate your data footprint, I apparently have a highly connected lifestyle. As you might expect there’s also a report highlighting some of the statistics and drawing some conclusions along with the seemingly mandatory set of Infographics including an interactive one showing the results for the different countries that took part.
The world is changing fast, there are a lot of people who don’t realise how fast.
Back to the regular Friday them of how we make things more visual, today’s example is – the news.
Newsmap has been around in beta for a little while, but I’ve never written about it. Here is the news for today (4th November 2011 at 8:20) for the UK in visual form:
It’s not the only visual news site out there, but I like this one.
I have to admit though, it always makes me slightly sad, while many of these things are really important, some of the things that get people attention are not important at all.
On a lighter note: It always manages to highlight something I hadn’t seen, and that’s exciting for an information addict.
If you still think that carrot-and-stick is still a good metaphor for how to motivate people then you should watch this 10 minute animation of Daniel Pink giving an overview of his book Drive:
A 40 minute version of the who talk it’s available here.
If you think that Daniel is being a bit idealistic in his interpretation of the science then you should also watch Clay Shirky’s presentation to TED on Cognitive Surplus.
That’s right – money doesn’t motivate other than in the very basic of activities.
I love the way that these animations are a bit like an active rich picture.
(Hat-tip to Mathew Stibbe for the Daniel Pink link)
For over 25 years now I’ve worked in an environment that has meant that I’ve regularly seen something new that has got me excited about its possibilities.
I’ve become a bit more discerning about the things that I invest my time and energy in, but I continue to be amazed by the ingenuity of people.
Long may it continue.