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Interesting Technology & Computer Facts

  • The domain name www.youtube.com was registered on February 14, 2005.
  • If you opened up the case of the original Macintosh, you will find 47 signatures. One for each member of Apple’s Macintosh divison as of 1982.
  • Computer programming is currently one of the fastest growing occupations.
  • On an average work day, a typist’s fingers travel 12.6 miles.
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • The world’s first computer, called the Z1, was invented by Konrad Zuse in 1936. His next invention, the Z2 was finished in 1939 and was the first fully functioning electro-mechanical computer.
  • The first computer mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart in around 1964 and was made of wood.
  • Domain names are being registered at a rate of more than one million names every month.
  • There are approximately 1.06 billion instant messaging accounts worldwide.
  • The first banner advertising was used in 1994.
  • E-mail has been around longer than the World Wide Web.
  • The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute, less than half the normal rate of 20.
  • The average 21 year old has spent 5,000 hours playing video games, has exchanged 250,000 e-mails, instant and text messages and has spent 10,000 hours on the mobile phone
  • By the year 2012 there will be approximately 17 billion devices connected to the Internet.
  • While it took the radio 38 years, and the television a short 13 years, it took the World Wide Web only 4 years to reach 50 million users.
  • There are approximately 1,319,872,109 people on the Internet.
  • Bill Gates’ house was designed using a Macintosh computer.
  • Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft was a college drop out.
  • The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com.
  • Another name for a Microsoft Windows tutorial is ‘Crash Course’!
  • Dell’s first advertisement was made on the back of a pizza box.
  • Yahoo! was originally called ‘Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web’.
  • Steve Jobs’ annual salary was $1, just enough to keep company health benefits.
  • The most productive day of the workweek is Tuesday.

Facebook Use May Lead To Psychological Disorder In Teens

Facebook has become a norm among the current generation but is not a necessity though. Many people use Facebook to keep in touch with friends from their hometowns while away at college but do not realize the negative effects it has especially to teenagers. Facebook has gone from being a social networking website to an addiction to teenagers. Facebook is affecting various different aspects of people’s everyday lives.   Students are less productive because Facebook acts as a distraction; Facebook causes lots of unnecessary drama in relationships (friends, family, and boyfriends/girlfriends), and has become an unhealthy addiction to many people.

Overdosing on Facebook may lead to the development of such psychological disorders in teens, according to a recent study conducted by Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University.

In a presentation titled “Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids” at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Rosen presented his findings based on a number of computer-based surveys distributed to 1,000 urban adolescents and his 15-minute observations of 300 teens in the act of studying.

Some of the negative side effects of Facebook use for teens that Rosen cited includes:

  • Teens who use Facebook more often show more narcissistic tendencies.
  • Teens who are persistently logged on to Facebook are more often to show psychological disorders, like mania, paranoia, aggressive tendencies , antisocial behavior and increased alcohol use.
  • Increased absence from school and likelihood of developing stomach aches, sleeping problems, anxiety and depression, in teens who “overdose” in technology on a daily basis, including Facebook and video games.
  • Lower grades for middle school, high school and college students who checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period; the more time a student spends on Facebook, the less time they spend studying.
  • Teens who most frequently had Facebook open on their computers during the 15-minute study period had the lowest retention of what they read.
  • Increased aggression and traits associated with mental illnesses like schizophrenia and depression (various mental issues).

Psychologists see good and bad in social networks. On the bad side, possible links to psychiatric disorders; on the good side, increased “virtual empathy” where teens learn to interact online then they even apply it to everyday life. Generally, we think of empathy as an in-person activity, where hugs, facial expressions and kind words help improve a loved one’s mood. Social networks can teach teens empathy, or the ability to understand someone else’s feelings from a distance.