Yesterday was a big, fabulous event put on by Apple and they unveiled the new iPhones and the new Apple Watch.
In case you missed it, check out the article here —> Apple Watch deeply tied to fitness activity
I think that there are some cool components of the Apple Watch, don’t get me wrong. I like the idea of the three “rings” that track your activity throughout the day… the standing one is really neat.
But, it’s not something that I will buy.
The one thing that bothers me about the watch is the fact that you are now connected 24/7. You are probably thinking “well, isn’t that the point?”
The other day I was on Facebook and read a post from someone in a group I’m a member of. The post was discussing disconnecting, and if people were trying to focus on getting away from social media and electronics to enjoy time with their family. One lady said that yes, she was focusing on it and that her young son (5/6 years old) recently told her that he likes when she doesn’t use her phone because she looks him in the eyes.
This story made me so sad and so happy. So sad that is how we are interacting with each other; so happy that this woman was able to stop it and go back to the “real” way of communicating.
What does the Apple Watch have to do with that? I feel like it’s continuing to fuel our false need to be connected. To aimlessly surf Facebook, to read dumb articles like the “17 things you only know as a blonde” and to send “lol” to our friends when things really aren’t that funny.
It’s easy to leave your phone in the car, turn it off while you’re in the movies or pop it in your bedroom to charge for the night. Oh, but wait, now you will have to ditch the watch to make sure you aren’t truly connected. Sometimes you just need a break from it all. (maybe that makes me sound like a grumpy old lady?)
Of course, the fitness stuff is cool. But the FitBit is also cool. And the Garmin also has more depth that makes it well worth the investment.
So for me, I’ll pass. Not because it’s not a cool gadget. But more so for my sanity. I can skip being connected ALL the time, drawing pictures to send to my friends like a kindergartener and having a device tell me I sit too much each day (seriously, you don’t have to rub it in). Instead, I’ll opt for an opportunity to step away from the connectiveness and enjoy life without an electronic attached to my arm.
What do you think? Do you want an Apple Watch?
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