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Sunday, November 04, 2021

Cosmopolitan Magazine has spoken, and as always I listen: A new survey finds that most New York women classify themselves as “go-for-it girls” who are fine with casual hook-ups and no-commitment relationships.

“The go-for-it girl is certainly something we see a lot in New York, because it really resonates with who New Yorkers are,” [research firm Intelligence Group president Jane] Buckingham said. “They’re the women who really can do anything, who embrace who they are. They feel strong, confident.”

Ninety-six percent of the go-for-it girls feel they can have a fulfilling life if they don’t get married. That’s drastically different from housewife hopefuls, who mostly live in the South. Nearly half of them said their lives won’t be complete until they get hitched.

The implication, of course, is that the women who have no problem with indefinite singlehood are in better shape, self-esteem wise, than those Southern gals pining for a wedding ring. It points to an exoneration of self-centeredness over traditional mating-for-life impulses.

As a relationship free-agent myself, I’m going to have to go along with that ride. And invite the local ladies to, yes, go for it — I think I can handle it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/04/2021 10:53:49 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Women
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With dedicated-purpose devices like media players and mobile phones proliferating, is there any solid reason to own a personal computer anymore? Not in Japan, apparently, where flat and declining PC sales is considered a harbinger for consumer preferences worldwide:

Millions download music directly to their mobile devices, and many more use their handsets for online shopping and to play games. Digital cameras connect directly to printers and high-definition TVs for viewing photos, bypassing PCs altogether. Movies now download straight to TVs.

More than 50 percent of Japanese send e-mail and browse the Internet from their mobile phones, according to a 2006 survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The same survey found that 30 percent of people with e-mail on their phones used PC-based e-mail less, including 4 percent who said they had stopped sending e-mails from PCs completely.

The fastest growing social networking site here, Mobagay Town, is designed exclusively for cell phones. Other networking sites like mixi, Facebook and MySpace can all be accessed and updated from handsets, as can the video-sharing site YouTube.

At root, what we’re talking about is the computer as a media device — media incorporating both static music/video saved locally on a drive, and dynamic Web content. You can even throw gaming in there, except that by virtue of the processing power required of games like World of Warcraft, a fully-fledged computer system is a requirement (popular lower-tech casual gaming, however, definitely falls into the who-needs-a-PC category, though).

So from that perspective, it’s true: You don’t really need a multi-megahertz beast to handle Web surfing. Aside from the larger screen size, which certainly makes Web media a better experience, having a full-fledged computer just to interact with Web interfaces is overkill.

Personally, I’ve experienced a touch of this — and that’s a pun. The main reason I bought my month-old iPod Touch was for the ability to access the fully-rendered Web without having to lug a notebook computer around. I have to say that it’s fit the bill for that perfectly, and not just when I’m out of the house: Fact is, when I get within range of my home wi-fi network, I reach for the Touch to instantly check my usual websites. That’s before I fire up my computer. In a sense, my iPod Touch functions as my Web remote control. I can’t do every single thing from the iPod — in particular, the lack of cut-and-paste capability limits what I can do interactively — but it’s pretty close.

So I can certainly see how you could do without a computer to work the Web. Even the most robust social-networking Web 2.0 sites/services are optimized for a non-PC environment. On-the-go portability trumps unnecessary horsepower, and as long as input interfacing (touchscreen, keypads or whatever becomes most effective) keeps up, it’s looking bleak for the PC…

… As a media device, that is. For work, you’re probably always going to need that keyboard-mouse-monitor setup, along with office-suite and other software. But I can see that work-personal divide opening up and becoming more dramatic.

Furthermore: I had always assumed that the compact mobile computing devices caught on in Japan early because they always were much less expensive than PCs; and they took up a lot less space, which jibed with smaller living quarters in Japan in general. I’m thinking that might have more to do with this current sales decline.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/04/2021 10:24:17 PM
Category: Internet, Society, Tech, iPod
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