At Apple’s event yesterday morning, one of the things they announced (again,) was the Apple Watch. I’ll admit, I drooled a bit.
But I won’t be buying one*.
A while back, I had a Pebble watch. It was great for about a week. Then it just got annoying. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I don’t want to know everything as soon as it happens. I’m okay with missing a call or a text or an email now and then.
During the keynote, (I can’t remember who was speaking,) they said, “Now you won’t have to take your phone out of your pocket to see or respond to a text message.”
Have we really become that lazy? Like, instant communication isn’t enough? Physically removing a phone from a pocket has become too much?
Remember when we had to stand next to the wall-mounted rotary phone because the damn cord didn’t reach to the couch? I’ll admit–I don’t miss snail mail. Email is definitely a welcome service. And cell phones are great in emergencies, and to keep those germ infested public phones away from my ears. We don’t call people any more, we text them. I’m incredibly guilty of that. I almost feel like I might be inconveniencing someone by calling them. And often, when my phone rings, there’s a little voice that says, “Really? I don’t have time to actually talk to someone. Why didn’t they just text?”
I’m not sure how this turned into a technology rant. I love technology. I’m writing this surrounded by an iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, and four Apple bluetooth keyboards. Hell, this entire post was written on the iPhone. I drink the Kool-Aid daily, and I don’t regret it.
But this afternoon, I dug out my old analog watch, and took it in to get new batteries. It tells me what time it is. That’s it.
*Those of you who know me well also know that I will, at some point, own an Apple Watch. But I’m going to hold out for awhile. I don’t need it. I can quit any time I want.