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junko.yoshida
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Re: Selfie phenomenon
junko.yoshida   2/27/2014 10:39:26 AM
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@alex, I totally agree with you. I put quotation mark around recognition -- to emphasize it; with no intention to minimize the significance of it to all people. It's basic human needs. I remember sitting in a room with a ZTE executive in Shenzhen a year ago. 

Ni Fei, I was interviewing, was telling me how important it is to have a really good camera in a smartphone. It's because people want to show off a really cool pix they took in the best light and "to get recognized," he said.

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1264662

That quote really stuck to me. It's true. Selfies are not just for self-absorbed but those of us who crave for recognition (reporters included).

 

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Re: Selfie phenomenon
alex_m1   2/27/2014 10:27:29 AM
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@Junko, why is "recognition" in qutoes? In some sense publishing news or a book, you get some personal recognition, but a lot of "virtual" recognition , knowing many people read it, talked about it and probably liked it, and recongition is important to authors.

Of course i'm not comparing this to selfies, but creating nice food and dressing nicely(in the case of selfies) are subjects that interest many, and selfies are just a way to get some of that "virtual" recognition.

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Re: Selfie phenomenon
junko.yoshida   2/27/2014 9:51:00 AM
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@alex, beyond human being "silly," what social media successfully mined is our basic needs for "recognition."

Selfies meet that needs when consumers are willing to post them on the social media.

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Re: Selfie phenomenon
alex_m1   2/27/2014 9:16:30 AM
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The reasons behind selfies and food pics is simple. Humans have a strong need for self expression coupled with feedback from others. Selfies and food pics are : a sort of self expression, very easy to create, and get much more likes than text on facebook(because they're easy to consume, and do elicit emotion from viewers). Hence they're optimal to the task.

Is it silly ? No more silly than listening to the fads of fashion. But humans are silly.

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Susan Rambo   2/27/2014 2:43:21 AM
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Amen to that.

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Re: Selfie phenomenon
KurtShuler   2/26/2014 6:53:32 PM
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If you send me one, then I'll reply with a pic of my 4-yr old after he is done eating. Trust me, you'll no longer be a foodie after seeing that!

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Re: electro-optical cell technology?
junko.yoshida   2/26/2014 3:30:36 PM
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That's the thing, Chanj. It all depends on what each wearable device is for. If it is for, say, heart-rate monitor, for a heart patient, it sure is a useful device, as long as it is accurate.

But, then,  can you imagine, a hypochondriac gets not so accurate reading on one of those devices and get even more stressed out?!

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Re: still lame
chanj0   2/26/2014 3:25:59 PM
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"I suppose these wearables will finally let us correctly answer the question we get asked on the witness stand: "What were you doing at 3:05 on July 28th and who can confirm that?"  But normally, by the next day, who really cares?"


On one hand, by submitting your GPS data and other info captured by the wristband, you answer the question and prove innocent.

On the other hands, I hope people don't equate failing to submit those information proves otherwise.

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Re: Selfie phenomenon
junko.yoshida   2/26/2014 3:25:08 PM
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@kurt, your comment made me laugh. I guess I'd have to confess that I do take a picture of the plate of food, now and then. What can I say... I am a foodie, after all. Yep. I am guilty.

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electro-optical cell technology?
chanj0   2/26/2014 3:21:43 PM
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I wonder what this technology does exactly. I have seen multiple apps that measure your heart rate by touching the camera and the flash at the same time. The accuracy is reasonable, about 5-10% error depending on how heavy you pressed the camera.


Nonetheless, it is a cool device to have your heart rate measured every now and then. Maybe, a heart attack warning or overly stressful warning can be raised. ;)

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