New times, new words

The BlackBerry prayer
Photo by Matthias Catón

The devices that are taking away our attention are increasingly present in our daily lives. Smartphones, tablets, watches, glasses. This causes new behaviors, which cause us to formulate new phrases to address these.

Here’s a couple of interesting ones that I ran into recently on WordSpy.

Smartphone face

A drooping jawline and saggy jowls caused by neck muscles that have been shortened from constantly looking down at a smartphone or similar device.

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BlackBerry prayer

The head-down, slightly hunched position that is characteristic of a person using a BlackBerry or similar device.

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Facebook facelift

Cosmetic surgery designed to improve how a person looks in photos posted to social networking sites.

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Continuous partial attention

A state in which most of one’s attention is on a primary task, but where one is also monitoring several background tasks just in case something more important or interesting comes up.

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Attentional blink

The momentary lapse in awareness that occurs after a stimulus catches the brain’s attention. (Seems we’re experiencing this more and more)

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If the popular words and phrases reflect our relationship with each other and the world, what would these say about the state of humanity?

Bojan Bjelić
Working hard on bunch of stuff, positive future above all. I'm blogging mostly about software, productivity and digital world.

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