On the Academic Minute, “The Phantom Vibration Syndrome,” Robert Rosenberger describes the sensation of feeling your phone vibrate, when it actually has not vibrated at all. In a study of undergraduate students, approximately 90% reported that they experienced this “phantom vibration syndrome.” When medical staff were surveyed, approximately 70% experienced the syndrome. Although many have experienced it, only less than 2% consider the syndrome bothersome. There are many speculations as to why this occurs, including:
- “Brain wiring” form phone useage creates cognitive pathways, which lead to the misinterpretation of other stimuli as phone vibrations.
- Perceived phone vibrations are a side effect of a general rise in anxiety caused by technology.
- The perceived phone vibrations are caused by a learned bodily habituation, meaning our bodies are trained to feel an incoming call or text, and thus experience the “phantom vibrations.”
On the Academic Minute, “The Digital Divide,” Marshall Jones discusses that internet access has increased by 153% from 2010-2012 in North America and by 3,606% on the African continent. One-to- one programs (one computer/device for each student) are helping to close the “digital divide,” which is the separation between those with and without access to internet and technology. With one-to-one programs, internet access is almost equal to living in a city with access to a large research library.
- A few pros of one-to-one programs are they allow:
- creative ways to manage classrooms (45 degrees-laptops half closed)
- free wifi hotspots for those without access at home
- unique ways to shrink the digital divide
- A few cons of one-to-one programs are:
- they are expensive
- they allow too much screen time
- there is not enough administrative support and professional development for teachers
- vendors oversell the benefits