Tap, Swipe … but not for long.

Hat tip to Mark Smithers for spotting this report about the preferences and habits of screen-users. If you are an educator who’s audience are using tablets, you might have perhaps noticed this. I know I’ve already figured out with my middle schoolers that tablets result in a kind of ‘pacing’ behaviour. After 10-15 minutes of working (usually tapping, searching, opening, writing), students stop and do something else. Unlike having a laptop with real keys, they compete with the device’s in-built AI which wants to zoom, auto-correct and often highlight anything but the thing they want. It seems from this report, that cultural use, media design and content online is no longer being designed or received as much more than short-burst snaking.