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Curious Digital Rituals

Smartphones and computers rule our daily lives more than many of us realize. They've generated a number of behavior patterns that are catching the interest of sociologists and design researchers.

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In his book, "Curious Rituals," Swiss design researcher Nicolas Nova lists all sorts of digital rituals. They include the "wake-up wiggle" - jostling the mouse to awaken a computer that's in stand-by mode - and the figure-eight movement used to re-calibrate an iPhone compass.