Older Folks Love the Kindle

Older folks love their Kindles. Yes, they do.

Last week, Kindle Culture crunched the numbers from an Amazon forum thread called Average Kindle Owner's Age, and determined that the unscientific poll showed that around 70% of Kindle users are over 40. Half are over 50.
The blogosphere as a whole was astonished. People over 50 buy gadgets? Use gadgets? LIKE gadgets? Many speculated that the results are due to the fact that older people can afford Kindles better than young people. And they tend to read more books. Some didn't even believe the results, since it wasn't exactly a scientific poll.
Some figured out the real reason. Or learned from what older people actually said.

First, presbyopia. It literally means "old eyes." It can take many forms, with the most common symptom being trouble reading small print. First you get bifocals, then you get books with larger print. And that brings us to the second reason, arthritis. Large print books are, well, large. And heavy. Even normal-size books can be tiring when you feel pain turning page after page. The Kindle has adjustable text size that doesn't add any weight to the unit, which is pretty light (10 ounces) compared to most hardback books. And you don't have to turn pages.

Even when the Kindle was first introduced, the adjustable text feature was supposedly for different "preferences".

Kindle has six adjustable font sizes to suit customers' varying reading preferences.

Was it possible that even Amazon didn't see how useful this would be to someone suffering from arthritis or presbyopia? The adjustable text feature and the Kindle's light weight together can make the difference between reading and not reading for someone my age or older.

Mother's Day is this Sunday. If your mother or grandmother has given up reading for pleasure because of arthritis or failing eyesight, a Kindle might bring back the joy she's been missing. Even if it is expensive.

Afternoon Map
The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

You don't have to pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling to discover the most popular infomercial product in each state: AT&T retailer All Home Connections is giving that information away for free via a handy map.

The map was compiled by cross-referencing the top-grossing infomercial products of all time with Google Trends search interest from the past calendar year. So, which crazy products do people order most from their TVs?

Folks in Arizona know that it's too hot there to wear layers; that's why they invest in the Cami Secret—a clip-on, mock top that gives them the look of a camisole without all the added fabric. No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that Pajama Jeans are the way to go—because who needs real pants?

Unsurprisingly, the most popular product in many states has to do with fitness and weight loss, because when you're watching TV late enough to start seeing infomercials, you're probably also thinking to yourself: "I need to get my life together. I should get in shape." Seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin—have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West Virginia and Arkansas prefer the gentler workout provided by the Shake Weight. The ThighMaster is still a thing in Illinois and Washington, while Total Gym and Bowflex were favored by South Dakota and Wyoming, respectively. 

Kitchen items are clearly another category ripe for impulse-buying: Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians must be using their Slice-o-matics to chop up limes for their poolside margaritas.

Cleaning products like OxiClean (D.C. and Hawaii), Sani Sticks (North Carolina), and the infamous ShamWow (which claims the loyalty of Mainers) are also popular, but it's Proactiv that turned out to be the big winner. The beloved skin care system claimed the top spot in eight states—California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas—making it the most popular item on the map.

Peep the full map above, or check out the full study from All Home Connections here.

Live Smarter
The Easy Trick That Will Help You Organize Your iPhone Apps Faster

With millions of apps to choose from, your smartphone’s home screen might get a little cluttered from time to time. Holding and dragging apps one by one to organize them can seem like more of a chore than it’s worth, but fortunately, there’s an easier way to do it.

As spotted by Finer Tech, iOS 11 lets you lump multiple apps together to move at the same time. With one hand, tap and hold an app until it enters “jiggle mode” and move it away from its current location. With your other hand (or other finger, if you're particularly coordinated), tap the apps you’d like to move with it, and they’ll instantly be grouped together.

If you're hoping to trick yourself into using your social media apps less by moving them all to page three (as some experts recommend), this hack will save you a few minutes of dragging and dropping.

This video provides a handy demonstration of how it’s done:

While you’re at it, you might as well uninstall any apps you haven’t touched since you downloaded them, as they can be a drain on both memory and battery.

[h/t Lifehacker]


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