Leigh L. Klotz, Jr.

Monday, July 14, 2003

Genevieve Bell and Cell Charger
Genevieve Bell of Intel is studying use of technology in middle class urbanites in Asia. She reports that religion influences use of technology; for example, cell phones in Muslim Asia have cell phones that point to Mecca, in Buddhist Asia, people get cell phones blessed. In South Korea, people use SMS to arrange blind dates. In China, you can get daily SMS divinations. (In Italy the Pope will send you a daily SMS.) In Shangai men Shown here is a pay-per-minute cell phone charger in a Chinese airport. In Shanghai Internet coffee shops, men call their blind dates on cell phones, and see whose phone rings. If they don't like results, they hide their phones and leave. In Malaysia, stores sell paper cell phones to burn yearly for departed relatives.