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The advantage of the mouse pointer for me was that it was at the
top layer and would only not respond if the computer was truely
blown up. If the computer was just taking its sweet effing time
something, as it is wont to do, you could still wave the mouse
and know that
some effing body inside the damn computer was
listening to you. So this is some eqivalent for touch screens.
Good sweet jesus h effing christ.
||I have a bunch of different kinds of time that I spend with
devices and when i am using these new fangled mobile
touch screen devices, most of the highly focused,
interactivity-capable kind of time that i spend, I spend not
interacting at all but instead, waiting for something to
freaking happen. It may not be much of a percentage of
the overall time I spend with the device but it is the most
important kind of time because so much energy is tied up
in it. Right after
I have assessed the situation,
deliberated, made a choice, steadied myself to execute the
touch action, performed what I have in my muscle memory
as the appropriate gesture, and then am waiting vigilantly
with one finger hanging in the air above the touch screen,
locked between my eye and the totally visual, totally
untactile interface, for some kind of sign that the powers
that be have heard my call -- in this heightened state --
when, on a PC, I used to get some me-time to make the
mouse clicky do little loops around a stray decorative
element on the screen and revel in the responsive inanity, I
now on these new fangled mobile touch screen devices
have either to back up into my head to get interaction
which is sticky ground, or I have to start to consider the
level at which the interaction may have gone wrong --
whether that is that the device didnt understand my
gesture, the system is frozen, the internets is just taking its
time, the whole world has stopped or some other scenario.
What a pain.