April 23, 2013
I’ve outsmarted Harvard!
The Intelligent Interactive Systems Group at Harvard — which works to increase computer accessibility, ease of use (and fun!) — developed this online age test based on the fact that our motor skills and motor control change (translate: decline) as we age. While the test claims it can accurately predict your age as you click on a series of dots on a computer screen, the test determined that my age is 39.
Yes! Make my day! Never mind my chronological age. It’s a state secret. Right. Not. So, my keyboarding friends, if you’d like a cheap thrill, be sure to take this test. I think our keyboarding skills are what skewed the age prediction. It takes about seven minutes to dial back the clock to a new age. Way cheaper than Botox or plastic surgery!
The test monitors movement speed and reaction time, and even how the mouse is moved from one area of the screen to another. Harvard developed the aging test for LabintheWild. LabintheWild describes itself as testing one’s “cultural preferences and perception. At the end of each experiment, you will see a page with your personalized feedback, which lets you compare yourself and your performance to people of other countries. By participating, you contribute to research on people’s similarities and differences around the world when interacting with technology.” Other interesting tests at LabintheWild include:
- Are you more American or more Japanese?
- Test your social intelligence!
- How special is your taste in websites?
- Is your perception of colorful websites more Eastern or more Western?
Me, I just wish I was as limber as the enthusiastic young contortionist who has his body draped over a large ball.
Read a cautionary tale about a woman who never understood the importance of family, and who insisted on dying alone.
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