Sexting is, like, so not cool. Only one percent of kids age 10 to 17 have shared naked pics of themselves, according to new data released today in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers on the APA study disputed a commonly cited piece of data which said that one in five — or 20 percent — of kids ages 14 to 24 had sexted. But that definition of “sext” had included sexy text messages without photos, as well as photos “no more revealing than what someone might see at a beach,” according to the AP. This new study asked teens — and only teens — to be more explicit about the images that they send and receive. Clearly the past inclusion of twentysomethings in the survey pool skewed the results. In fact, the younger kids are, the less likely they are to sext.
Wait, you mean America was whipped up into a frenzy over a teen sex panic that turned out to be nothing? You don’t say! Keep reading »
Gamers get a bad rep: They’re typecast as plump, basement-dwelling man-children who lead reclusive lives and collect actions figures. Apparently, that’s way off base. A study by GameHouse says that 55 percent of online gamers are actually female. Not only that, but in comparison to female non-gamers, they are happier, more social, and get it on more often! Say what?! Is Farmville really the solution to all of life’s problems? Keep reading »
Surprise, surprise: basically all of the photos we see in the media today are Photoshopped in some way. Lighting is tweaked; blemishes, pores, and cellulite vanish; and wrinkles smooth into oblivion. But now two computer image specialists at Dartmouth College have developed a software program that can tell, say, feminist bloggers just how much an image has been altered. Keep reading »
There’s one thing fashion and gadgets have in common: both can be quite expensive. This holiday season, though, Rebecca Minkoff @ eBay has the perfect gift for the glamorous gadget lover that will not break your bank — an iPhone case. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill iPhone cases. Two feature raised cheetah designs in color combinations of pink and gray, and black and lime green. But the sexiest of all the iPhone cases is the studded one, which features shiny black studs on a black perforated background. This case was made for showing off (just be careful a mugger or fashion hound doesn’t steal it and the phone).
Also in the exclusive tech collection is a to-die-for leather iPad cover that is embellished with gold studs on the outside and lined with a black and blue polka dot fabric. If you have $220 to spend on a gift, I can’t see any iPad user being disappointed with this gift. I can’t say that for the iPhone Carrying Case and Leather Wristlet. Both seem too small to carry much and too large to be inconspicuous. But then again I can’t get down with tiny bags, so there you go. [eBay]
Science is a beautiful thing. Science has brought us many technological advancements, such as and including, air travel, tanning beds and mini-pizzas. But there are many things that science has yet to deliver on. And that’s got us kind of mad with science. We kind of want to have some words with science, okay? In the meantime, we’ll settle for assembling an incomplete list of all the things that we wish science would just get to working on, already. This list is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to include your own special requests in the comments. Keep reading »
Ah, stupid people doing stupid things. A man named Michael Alan Skopec was arrested after he called 911 five times to report a grave emergency — his iPhone was broken! To his credit, when police arrived to investigate a disorderly conduct charge, he was intoxicated. Skopec, a resident of Bristol, Illinois is no fumbling frat boy, either — the man is 48 years old! This drunk dialer was charged with obstructing and resisting a police officer. The great mystery still stands: on what phone did he make the emergency calls? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Geek speak is a special slanguage that evolved from our cultural immersion in the techno-verse. Growing up, I never would have guessed that I would come to think of the term “LOL” (or any variation thereof) as a dating dealbreaker or that someone (Anthony Weiner) would resign from public office over “sexting” gone wrong. According to a poll published in The Daily Mail some tech terms are more annoying than others. After the jump, find out which geek speak phrases were voted the most irritating.
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Leave it to geeks to figure out a way to combine sex toys and the Internet. Googlher is a Google-powered vibrator that plugs into your computer and vibrates like a “bullet vibrator” with the help of the Googlher Firefox Add-on.
Sounds overly complicated to me. I firmly believe that masturbation should not threaten to crash your browser. But if the over-the-top moaning in this NFSW promotional video is any indication, jerking off to Google actually works! [Vimeo]
Apparently even French mothers have trouble answering the question “gay or European?” A new smartphone app offers French mothers a questionnaire to help figure out if their sons like sticking their French bread in a warm, buttery croissant … or not. The $2.69 app asks 20 questions which inquire whether their bébé mimics gay stereotypes like enjoying show tunes, dressing well, and eschewing sports. Somewhat more controversially, some questions assume it’s the parents’ “fault” a child is gay, like asking if he had an absent father or the mother was authoritarian growing up. If the questionnaire assesses mama‘s crisply dressed, show-tune loving frog is gay, it tells her to “accept it.” But if he’s just a little, uh, European, the questionnaire reads, “You have nothing to worry about, your son is not gay. So you have a very good chance of being a grandmother with all the joys that brings.” How sensitive. [RFI.fr via The Awl] Keep reading »