1990: Nintendonitis. 1991: Nintendo Neck. 1991: Nintendo Pants Wetting, or Enuresis. 2004: PlayStation Thumb. 2009: Wiiitis. 2013: WhatsAppit. The list you have just read, are all real life examples of ailments proscribed by actual doctors. Now, though none of the above diagnoses are life-threating, the trend to which these cases are creating is an interesting one. WhatsAppitis is the newest occurrence amongst game-related injuries, and it was diagnosed after a woman spent six hours using the message-sending application called WhatsApp. To quote The Lancet, “The diagnosis for the bilateral wrist pain was WhatsAppitis.”
Every day we encounter gaps of free time, and in these gaps it is our conscious choice to decide what we will do with this time. One specific gap is that of our morning commutes. During our commutes some of us prefer the sound of music, some prefer deep thinking, others prefer listening and reading the news. Now, I mean not to narrow our free time to these three choices, but rather attempt to bring forth a few viable and popular options. With that said, the news is the option that we at the Daily Steak are enriching and is the primary focus of this post.
For centuries, politics have controlled the most important decisions for countries and their citizens. In a time when the world seems to be in a state of disarray for many countries, now is a very important time to have an informed and educated political view. Whether or not you are a person whose day-to-day routine deals directly with politics, it affects the world you live in. Winston Churchill once said, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” This quote is as applicable today as it was in 1943.
The mobilization of the Internet is something that has changed the world, more than we might even understand. Imagine that we all carry a backpack big enough to fit 90 percent of all books in the world. Now realize that this is not an imaginative idea, but rather a simple understanding. The Internet has become a source for intelligence that is seemingly boundless and is evolving every minute.
In June 2013, David Puttnam gave a speech for TED Talks entitled: Does the media have a “Duty of Care”? In his speech, Puttnam examined whether or not the media has a moral imperative to create an informed society promoting a democracy. Now, it is not whether or not Mr. Puttnam is correct in his findings, or even in his solution to such; but the question he asks is one that should definitely be examined further for its revolving factors that affect us all.
While one person enjoys the same cup of coffee each morning, another prefers a different cup for every day of the week. Who’s to say one is right while the other is wrong? I would say no one has this right. Just as the old adage says, “it takes all kinds.” The fact is choices are key in developing the mind, and for us to grow as people it is imperative that we have options in everything we do. Whether we choose to utilize these options is a personal decision. But there is one significant area of life that is lacking options, and this area of life is the news.
Competition…something the world has thrived off for centuries. It is the desire to succeed further, to create intelligent fairness, and to never conclude. Competition is a necessity in all aspect of our lives… including our news.
Everyday we search in continuous categories and endless corners of life to accomplish the goals of bettering others and ourselves. We do this because we know that knowledge is key. We do this because we know that knowledge of the world around us, and its current state, is imperative to making strong and beneficial decisions for everyone.
Think about if you spent your entire day searching the web for the perfect article, on the subject you are interested in, the subject you feel will propel your life with the greatest advance. That would take hours of research. You would have to read every article out there and then decide which one had the information that was applicable to your wants and needs. Not only that, you would have to do it every day to get the most out of your news… that would take a life time in itself.
But what if you had the opportunity to do this on the go, and had an application that recognized such desires and interests? What if this app began molding your own channel for the daily news, a channel that could help you excel in your individual path?
You hear about a lot of products and services nowadays that bring immediate gratification, described as “on-demand” (think Comcast). Television shows, videos, and now radio content. Most of us have filled schedules, leaving little time for things that are unimportant; we want the option of getting right down into it. What Daily Steak aims to do is to provide on-demand unbiased radio content, compiled from a number of different news channels with different vantage points, and put into a responsive mobile application that brings you the content you want to hear about.
Uninterested in the story? Skip it. Is it a story you want to know more about? Drill down into it. Just want a quick update on the latest developments? Listen to the 20 second summary, then move on. Want to adjust your newsfeed on what types of stories you want to know about? You set your own preferences, and we’ll find similar articles for you to read. Daily Steak allows for all this and much more.
What do you think about on-demand radio?
Do you find yourself tuning in and out of the news? Psychology research suggests that auditory and visual stimuli are prone to be temporary, fleeting after a few moments. This occurs when the stimuli are not converted to short-term memory.
How is this relevant to news consumption? It occurs when you find no interest in the current news story that is being broadcasted by your choice of news channel. Thus, there is a relevancy problem.
When this relevancy gap occurs, then you tend to tune out. While daily news consumption is about catching up on the most important new developments in your local area or even world-wide, it cannot fulfill everyone’s preferences. Each person is unique, and listening to the local news station or watching the news broadcast will inevitably bring forth news that will be uninteresting to you.
What Daily Steak is aiming to do is to close this gap; to only bring you news customized to your preferences, and trying to make news consumption more efficient and more relevant. No more tuning in and out.
What do you think about this relevance gap? Does it apply to you?
We found a question on Quora regarding mobile applications, and found it of most interest to us. There are many niche news apps nowadays; it makes sense when there is such an increase in mobile device usage. But are these niche news apps soon to die?
These news apps bring forth something the traditional ways of news consumption cannot, whether it is a summary of the article or a shortened video version of the full story. These news apps offer value to a specific audience: to those who want news in a condensed format that is interesting and personalized. These news apps are meant to be customized to a person’s taste, to take into account what their preferences are and mold the daily news to their interests.
Who doesn’t like personalized applications, made to make life easier for you? In a world in which we are overloaded with our daily priorities and mere distractions, we have little time for issues such as worrying about which news articles to skip and which ones are worth looking into. The value of these news apps is not a problem; the real question is how they could be improved.
What could niche news apps improve on to better your experience?