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Asynchronous Adaptations to Complex Social Interactions


DOI: 10.1109/MTS.2013.2286426

Applin, Sally, and Michael Fischer. “Asynchronous Adaptations to Complex Social Interactions.” IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 32.4 35–44. Web.

p.36: we hypothesize that people are adapting to new patterns of interaction and communication through increasing asynchronicity within all locales, local and otherwise. Future adaptive strategies will have to address the processing of communications across socially distributed organizations of people and activities. However, it will require time and coordination for widely accessible adaptive strategies to emerge that provide a benefit to most individuals. -- Highlighted mar 11, 2014

p.37: In a broad study on “Cell Phone Induced Failures of Visual Attention,” Strayer & Johnston [4] indicate that simple conversation did not add to driver distractability [5] but that several other studies have found that working memory tasks [6], [5], mental arithmetic tasks [7], [8], and reasoning tasks [9] disrupt driving performance [4]. In short, listening to verbal material does not seem to cause the same kind of cognition error when driving as cellular phone usage does. The authors suggest “that cellular phone use disrupts [driving] performance by diverting attention to an engaging cognitive context other than the one immediately associated with driving” [4]. -- Highlighted mar 11, 2014

p.39: we use the term “Geolocomotion” to describe the way that people navigate through space using the capabilities of geospatial technologies to monitor and control movement in context [18]. These communications continue to increase due to the rapid popularity of Social Media, geolocative apps and the combination of people wanting to attempt to do more than one thing at one time. People act via their own personal frame, or collectively in one of the communities they are a member of, while concurrently breaking social boundary and marking rules in other communities they are a part of, which in turn influences those around them in these other communities to adapt their behavior. -- Highlighted mar 11, 2014

p.41: This could contest super modernity [28], in that there appears to be nothing solitary about moving through a space, if one is attached to a mobile device and communicating with others. -- Highlighted mar 11, 2014

p.41: Some homogeneity is necessary in community (language, shared experience or culture, etc.) for cooperation to be successful. This scales up to a global stage. Applin and Fischer [18, p. 7] in discussing globalization note: The new model for communications is one of creating experiences of physical and derived multiplexed communications spaces in personal, asynchronous time, using new capabilities created ... within many cultures. This encourages a greater fragmentation of world culture. Convergence implies similar organization and greater synchronicity ... when constraints are reduced and personal and asynchronous preferences are supported, divergence and desynchronization follow [18, p. 7]. -- Highlighted mar 11, 2014