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Why some children struggle to hold pencils

According to doctors, you can blame tech for children’s inability to hold pencils. Apparently all that screen time is doing nothing to strengthen their thumb, index, and middle fingers which work together to form one’s basic writing technique.

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Generation thumbs

Having grown up with perpetual swiping and speaking in images and emoji, the next generation is obviously going to encounter difficulty with old ways of doing analog things. Do they even teach cursive writing in school anymore?

We speak in images. But at least early cavemen knew how to draw with their version of a stylus.

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Free Marketing at the Apple Store

Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann used to “surreptitiously put Pinterest on every computer in his local Apple store.”

I still do this. There’s a rush of excitement in loading up your website on the store’s machines. You could be discovered!

With nearly 100 million visitors a quarter, using Apple store computers to display your work is like stealing free ad space. Don’t tell me you haven’t done this before.

The Apple store is a free museum, much like the public walls are Banksy’s canvas. How else is anyone going to find out about you if you don’t dare to show your work?

Blend in. Show the people what you got. But don’t just do it because you can. Believe your work is actually worth seeing.

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My Kids Are Obsessed With Technology, and It’s All My Fault – NYTimes.com

A father wrestles with technology in the age of distraction:

Midway through my 20s I underwent a reformation. I began reading, then writing, literary fiction. It quickly became apparent that the quality of my work rose in direct proportion to my ability filter out distractions. I’ve spent the past two decades struggling to resist the endless pixelated enticements intended to capture and monetize every spare second of human attention.

When we whip out our smartphones in line at the bank, 9 times out of 10 it’s because we’re jonesing for a microhit of stimulation, or that feeling of power that comes with holding a tiny universe in our fist.

But the only reliable antidote to such burdens, based on my own experience, is not immersion in brighter and mightier screens but the capacity to slow our minds and pay sustained attention to the world around us.

Apps like Instagram help see the world around us. Twitter helps us learn from people of interest. The Internet is a force of knowledge and creativity but also a sharp distraction in doing what matters. Attention is scarce.

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Yeah, I’m a sheep. I go right with it. I got an iPad mini for no reason. Had three iPads already. Went and got an iPad mini for no reason at all.

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Alternative Thinking

Consensus begets decision. We all want to agree and keep on moving on. But consensus is the not the end to alternative thinking.

“The role of thinkers is primarily to keep options open.” – Milton Friedman

Work needs to be reevaluated, rejudged, and twisted into something new. No product nor marketing campaign should be repeated regardless of success.

Steve Jobs continually disrupted his own business, killing off the iPod with the iPhone and now the laptop with the iPad.

Learn from the past and experiment in the future. An agreement is only step one in the implementation process; there’s other ideas yet to be explored.