5 for the Week of July 3rd

#1 How do teens really use Instagram, Snapchat and other apps?


On most episodes of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about consumer tech with an expert guest in tow. This week, they brought in two experts to talk about teens and tech: The Verge’s Casey Newton, plus actual-teen/Kara’s actual older son, Louie Swisher.

Like mother like son — Louie minced no words when the hosts quizzed him on everything from Snapchat streaks to whether anyone his age uses Facebook Messenger.

“I have the app downloaded,” he said. “I sometimes accidentally open it.”  


#2 The Great I Am. Your iPhone Photos Are You


NOT LONG AGO, my husband and I spent a few days in Mexico City. Walking down Amsterdam Avenue, I felt the urge to snap a selfie, because that’s what you do, right? We leaned in close as I stretched out my arm and clicked a few frames on my iPhone 6S. I uploaded the best shot to Facebook, where it drew a flurry of thumbs-up and heart emojis. It took about three minutes.

When my mother was my age, she might have recorded that moment with a Polaroid, tucked the photo into her purse, and shared it with friends when she got home. And my grandmother? She’d have used her bulky Rolleiflex, taken the film to the drugstore, and pasted the print into a scrapbook days or weeks later.

What’s interesting here is not the cameras, but the increasing speed and ease with which they create photographs…