I’m not going to lie, the Apple Watch is pretty cool. And I can definitely see why it’s useful. But every time I think about getting one (read: think about getting on in like two years when they’ve improved and I have money), I hit this mental block. But it’s not just the Apple Watch, it’s really smartwatches in general that I have a problem with.
Every time I so much as think about putting an Apple Watch on my wrist, I tense up. I’m already so addicted to my phone, and the thought of being even more connected just gives me anxiety. At least when my phone’s in my pocket, I can (do my best to) ignore it when it buzzes. But when it’s on my wrist, the amount of self control it would take to not just glance down at it seems ridiculous. I don’t want to see every little message I get right there, instantly. I’m sure it’d be nice in certain situations, especially if Apple would add a VIP list for iMessage. That way, if someone in my family texts me, I can just glance down at it real quick and see what they said. But it wouldn’t work that way. Instead, I’d get all kinds of notifications, and it would make it even harder to ignore my digital life even for a moment.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think smartwatches are evil. And I don’t think anyone who gets one is necessarily a pathetic techo-addict. Depending on how many alerts you have coming in, and how important they are (if your job requires lots of prompt digital communication, for instance), it would be really nice to not have to pull your phone out of your pocket every time it goes off. And Siri would be nice too – for things like setting reminders or texting someone. But there are lots of things that I pull my phone out for that really aren’t important – things where I would probably do better to just let the impulse slide. And that becomes so much harder to do when the screen is right there in your field of view, without its protective denim shield.
So that’s my opinion right now. I’m a big fan of smartphones; I think they provide more than enough utility to outweigh their drawbacks. But I don’t think smartwatches are over that hump yet. I’m guessing they’ll get there eventually though. Some people would say we’ll never find anything worth doing on that small of a screen, but didn’t we say that about the iPhone too? ••