I have no take on the iPhone 6 Plus, which looks like the Samsung Galaxy and other big phabonelets. I’m sure that I will eventually buy an iPhone 6 Megabundle, because the new built-in camera is banging, and I use my phone mostly to order food and take pictures. The Apple Watch looks like a Happy Meal prize, and it may or may not change health care by helping people to “learn” to avoid junk food and run more, which is some groundbreaking intel.
Part of the difficulty with discussing the effects of Internet use is that there are many ways to use the Internet, and there are many ways for it to have an effect – from how we conduct our relationships to how we think, to how our brains are wired up. Despite the fears spread by many commentators, there is actually a good deal of research suggesting positive psychological effects for teenagers from using the Internet. For example, a 2009 study found that online interaction boosted teens’ self-esteem after they’d been made to feel socially excluded. There’s also evidence that moderate Internet use by teens and youth goes hand in hand with participating in more physical activities and sports clubs, not less. There is some limited research on how Internet use may be changing how we think (for example, how we use our memories), but this is not specific to teens, and most research in the field is on the more general topic of “media multi-tasking” (which may have positive as well as negative effects), rather than Internet use specifically.
There is a simple and universal regulatory change that would dramatically shift the bargaining power: an individual right to an API Key.