SMART PHONES, THE INTERNET, AND OUR WEBSITE

We recently bought our first smartphones in some years and their use has made us aware of important issues we hadn’t realized.  First, this website and others we have been developing are hard to peruse on smartphones – not because of the limited resolution of the phone screens, but because of the large amount of scrolling required to read the text.  For example, to read the “About this site” page one needs to swipe about 9 times.  If a web page’s audience is mostly using smartphones, they are faced with the need to “dumb-down” the content to reduce the need to swipe endlessly, otherwise the site risks losing the attention of the reader.  Thus, in this Internet age of nearly unlimited information, we see a tendency to simplify content to make it accessible to the largest audience possible.  Facebook and similar posts are likewise increasingly without textual content.

We are convinced that effective internet use requires large monitors that can be connected to a laptop, for example.   Browsing of the internet requires a relaxed “real estate” on your monitor.  We hope that anyone encountering our website for the first time does not do so on a smart phone, or if so, they return to the website later with a larger monitor to enjoy the experience.