Never being offline anymore with an iWatch
Yesterday during dinner I talked with two girls about the iWatch. They said that they would definitely like to have the new iWatch. The amount of options you have! You can do almost everything with it. Sound amazing, right?
However, the fact that you always have it around your wrist it makes that you can never take distance from it. Your social world is always around your wrist. Currently, if I am procrastinating when I need to study I deliberately hide my phone or turn it off, because it distracts me too much. I know that I’d be able to turn-off the iWatch or just simply take it off my wrist, but at the other side: why would you take off your watch? With the iWatch you would never be really “alone” anymore, and since you always have it with you, other people also expect you to reply on their messages / posts.
I think it brings a lot of social responsibilities/ expectations with wearing an iWatch, since the smartwatch literally becomes a part of your body. A smartwatch like the iWatch makes people one with technology. Saying it in an extreme way, it would be a step towards the cyborg (a fictional or hypothetical person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body), since it does not only control your social activity, but also your health (the iWatch has several health functions). This wearable technology gets inside of your personal bubble and it can become part of your identity. People will always be connected and it’s not possible to be offline anymore.
Would you wear an iWatch? So would all the interesting benefits outweigh those above mentioned downsides? And what would the effect be of wearing an iWatch on productivity and efficiency on work/studying?