The survey of 2,000 mobile phone owners yields some noteworthy numbers. Men are more likely to notice their mobile phone missing in less than 15 minutes than women—40 percent of men compared to 29 percent of women. I’m not sure if the researchers delved any deeper, but my own theory is that it might be a function of purses. My smartphone is always in my front left pocket and I can easily tell if it’s there or not. My wife’s smartphone is in her purse, and there is a 50-50 chance at best of finding the thing in there even if you try—so she is much less likely to realize if it’s lost or stolen.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.