bedlam wrote: ↑
February 8th 2020, 9:39pm
People need to establish better boundaries on how much of their time and attention they give to social media and internet connectiveness, so the popularity of applewatch like products continues to surprise me.
I get the Fitbit type health related angle, but why do you want phone constant based notifications on your wrist? Personally I don't think its a particularly good idea.
Our granddaughters are addicted to their smart phones. They come over, and immediately stare at their phones the whole time they are at our house. When pushed, they may put them down for a moment but they are worse than cigarette smokers after a fine meal; they can't wait to jump back on those phones. Taking everyone out to dinner, my wife and I sat there while everyone else at the table had those damn phones out. Looking around, lots of other people were doing the same thing. Bah!
My hope is people will get burned out and drop social media like a rock. Why should anyone care what you ate for breakfast or what happened a few hours later after eating said breakfast.
My wife is a real estate agent and 99% of business is conducted via phone/e-mail/text. She has bought and sold properties for people without ever meeting them; including gaining power of attorney for both parties and signing all of the documents at closing. (one party in California, the other on duty in Afghanistan). I can understand real world uses for the phone but social media is just garbage.
When I was a teenager, I HATED phones. It seemed like girlfriend du jour had spies letting her know when I got home because that damn phone would be ringing. My father also had a dislike of phones so the ringer was often turned off. Damn, who wants to be tracked every minute of every day? Get a life, Millennials!
Meanwhile, Apple smartwatches outsold the entire Swiss watch production for 2019. I never thought it would be that bad but then I have no idea why so many "fresh outs" where I work carry these gigantic backpacks to work everyday. Are they prepared for the Zombie apocalypse or do they have their support stuffed animal and safe space ambient noise machine packed inside? And everywhere they walk, that phone is out in front; click, swipe, swipe-swipe, click.
disclaimer: I have to have a cellphone because I work in multiple buildings and several coworkers and bosses need to get a hold of me. But I have a flip phone that is practically indestructible. Just don't ask me to text anything more than "ok" or "yes/no" from it. You won't be texting me; you will have to actually talk to me. And no, I do not use it to tell time.