Ruby Pseudo: How Kids Use Their Phones
Below is my response to an article posted on Ruby Psuedo’s blog. The original post, ‘10 Notions to consider about how kids use their phones… Up and at ‘em again: Vanity‘ is 12 months old. But the themes are still being widely discussed.
Physical manifestations of technology—like phone handsets—undoubtedly accompany an element of vanity (like any other ‘wearable’ good). And the idea of phones as a fashion accessory is by no means a new idea. But the maintenance of a digital presence is just a function of technology, social trends and the migration of everything that once existed offline, online (and vice versa). As you pointed out in a previous post, there’s no such thing as online/offline anymore –which means [save the proportional few who would tend towards vain anyway] kids living through social applications are not vain. The cloud is just part of where they/we live.
In short, how kids choose their handsets is often seeped in vanity, how they use them isn’t.