PUBLIC OPINION > There's No Need for Vibrating Tattoos
News 2012/03/22 13:00:00
Nokia got some media buzz this week when Unwired View dug up a patent for a "material capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin," assigned to the Finnish communications corporation. For you technical types, you can read about the invention in all its gruesome detail here, but it all boils down to this: a vibrating tattoo you can sync with your cell phone. It was filed back in September, but didn't go through until March 15. Unwired thinks it's a little too creepy to fly, but we asked the public what they think about it.
Maybe some of the technology behind this patent will have far-reaching benefits, but the potential for a vibrating tattoo is pretty limited. There were an assortment of arguments against it, ranging from petty to uncomfortable to just plain scary. The most daunting arguments were those that speculated where this technology would lead. Some of those fears were a little far-fetched ("off switches" and executions), while others are pretty much available now (implanted tracking devices). But generally the vibrating idea, especially as it relates to cell phones, was not very popular.
The Mark of the Beast
First, we'll address an obvious concern. The "Mark of the Beast" mentioned in Revelation 14:9-10 ("If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God's fury") definitely played a role in the dicussion. Naturally, Christians voted lower. However, more interesting than that was how high atheists voted. Half were for it.
Teens were still skeptical of the device, but there were much more willing than people 25 and up. We suspect the reasons are two-fold: Young people are more open to new technology, and young people are more open to tattoos. However, the drop-off age (25) was a bit younger than it typically is for either topic (closer to 35).
Smokers Aren't as Suspicious
One of the stranger correlations was with smokers. They were about 13% more likely to approve of the patent. The obvious explanation is that they're less concerned about what they put into their bodies, or that they're a little more precarious in general, but it wasn't a big enough difference to dwell on.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about vibrating tattoos. We'd love to hear from you!
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