Of Snapchat, primate needs, and taking out steps

If you want to be successful, says Twitter founder  Evan Williams, “Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.”

I’m reminded of this reading about teens’ hyperactive, nonstop use of Snapchat (40 selfies per minute!) Jason Kottke makes some interesting sociological observations:

Wheels, domesticated crops & animals, industrialization, cars, and airplanes made it so that people could live farther and farther apart from each other, which is weird for social animals like humans and particularly difficult for teenagers for whom that social connection is the most important thing in their lives… Interacting with 190 friends dozens or even hundreds of times a day probably feels a lot like being back in a hunter/gatherer band, socially speaking.

As I asked the other day, We’re all just a bunch of apes lekking around the water hole, aren’t we?

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