technology

Attack of the Selfies

The other day I was sitting in my physician’s waiting room, when I noticed a young lady taking pictures of herself (“selfies"). My doctor’s waiting room is for the entire clinic, including the behavioral health services. Since the topic of stigma is so often broached in the psychological field, I got to thinking about how I would feel if I were a patient here to see a therapist, instead of my general doctor. What if I didn’t want anyone to know that I was here? What if I accidentally ended up in the selfies she posts on Facebook or Twitter? What if someone recognized me?

The Golden Anniversary of Tablet Computing

Pardon me if I resort to reminiscing while writing my inaugural blog, but I want to start at the roots of my technological career. Memories of my first tablet computer are being resuscitated from over fifty years ago. It was invented in relative obscurity in the mid-1950s by Frenchman Andre Cassagnes. But the Ohio Art Company made the Etch A Sketch the must-have mobile device for every budding graphic artist in the early 1960s. I got my “EAS” halfway through first grade.

Escaping the Pitfalls of Technology Training

We all need training at different points in our lives, whether it’s to learn to ride a bike or drive a car, or to stay current in a chosen career; it has to happen. For some, thinking about a training opportunity is uplifting and viewed as a time to engage in a new topic. For others, even thinking about training makes them want to run away screaming and crying.

Tracked Health

There’s a new trend going on in the mobile health world that’s definitely worth looking into – health trackers. No, I’m not talking about the grizzly-haired grandpas looking for furry creatures to make coats. I’m talking about recent increase in small portable devices that can be used to track your sleep patterns, physical activity and other data, such as the FitBit® Flex™, Nike+® FuelBand™, or JawBone® Up™ . I’m personally interested in tracking my sleep pattern, and there are several smartphone and tablet apps available that can do just that.

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