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Left to Our Own Devices: Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim Our Relationships, Health, and Focus (The MIT Press) Hardcover – December 22, 2018
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Everyone's eager to chide you for how you use devices like smartphones. Instead of wagging a finger, Margaret Morris offers a way to form alliances with technology to make your devices a part of you and your life, rather than an external force acting upon them―Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0262039130
- ISBN-10 : 0262039133
- Dimensions : 6.31 x 0.75 x 9.31 inches
- Publisher : The MIT Press (December 22, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,729,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Morris’ book offers presents a very interesting slideshow of original uses of technologies and devices, most of them improving the lives of their users in unforeseen ways. In a world ruled by unnecessary fear, this is a great book to redeem technophobes. It is also a very thought provoking book, sparking reflections on how to improve our own interactions with technology – and to discover new ones.
The book is a compelling read, but can also be imagined as a textbook for any class dealing with technology and its usage.
The smart technology Morris explores covers a large territory—from apps for therapy, tracking mood, tracking biological data, playing games, and managing smart lights, to emojis, GIFs, and more. She doesn’t recount anecdotes. She presents case studies that explore the context of the app’s adaptation. the users’ life situation, their goals in creating a personalized use, and the outcomes. In most cases, people’s goals were relational. Even apps created for an individual’s sole use, like a therapy program, were used in interpersonal interactions.
Left To Our Own Devices is an important corrective to the reigning negative view of the effect our digital devices on our lives. We hear that email is a time sink. Social media isolates us instead of forming connections. Even simply having our phones near us while we work affects our ability to focus. The issue is far more complex and deserves a fuller view. Morris has found that through creative adaptations of smart technology people have empowered themselves to manage difficult aspects of their lives and to communicate with others in personalized ways. She inspires readers to borrow some of the unexpected uses of digital technology or to develop their own.