A benefit of the Apple Watch in social settings

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Bengy66, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Bengy66 macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    You look around a restaurant or a bar and what do you see nowadays? Most people interacting with their smartphone vs socializing with the actual human beings in front of them. I am not a white knight, I am guilty of it.

    With that being said, do you think the :apple: Watch or any smart watch can help/solve this "intrusion" mobile devices have made in society or will it make it worse.

    From a personal stand point, I think it might help with general notifications and filtering out some of the less important reasons to pull out the iPhone and get "trapped" by just also checking email or some social media app.

    Will it be socially acceptable to check your wrist for this info for early adopters? (a main reason I think they added the haptic feedback and taps messaging) or will people get flack like Google Glass supporters?
  2. IJBrekke macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Beach, CA
    I currently wear a Pebble Steel. When I check something on my watch people don't think twice about what I'm doing. This is especially noticeable in a place where pulling out your smartphone would not be acceptable (I check football scores in church, for instance). The perception will change as wearables mature and more people become aware of them. I think the social faux pas will be extremely similar to current phone use.

    I also think everyone is gonna look like a Power Ranger talking to Zordon.
  3. Cashmonee macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2006
    In our society, checking your watch is a signal you are bored, and are counting the seconds. I don't think checking it for notifications is any less rude than being in your phone. How about we just unplug at dinner or drinks?
  4. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Even allowing for checking the time we don't stare at our watch and 'fiddle' with our other hand for moments at a time. :eek:
  5. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    As I've mentioned before, one thing I wonder is if future Broadway plays and movies will not only have to pre-announce:

    "Please turn off your smartphone."

    But will soon also have to add:

    "And your smartwatch!!"

    Just imagine all the self-centered people snapping their wrists up to turn on the bright display to see who's texting them in the middle of Les Misérables or Iron Man 4.
  6. Supermallet macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2014
    I think it's simply more likely that they switch to the "Please shut off your electronic devices" verbiage.
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    We'll likely have a do not disturb feature.
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    My wife loves that I have a Pebble for that exact reason. Occasionally glancing at my wrist is much less distracting (to her) than looking at my phone.

    Google Glass is intrusive in its design - it is blatantly obvious, where a watch can be "just a watch". Yeah, if you start using Siri regularly on your watch, you will become just as annoying as a Google Glass user; but if you're just glancing down to look at your watch, that's not any different than glancing down at old fashioned watches to look at the time.
  9. mtmac macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2012
    It will be more socially acceptable than pulling out your phone, however if that is all you are doing, it will be equally obnoxious.

    Google glass carries a stigma as it's so identifiable as a nerd device. Just like a Go-Pro affixed to the top of your helmet, they are the pocket protectors of the new millennia. Once those technologies are designed and integrated into conventional glasses and sunglasses, they will be accepted. That's why Apple spent so much time working on so many upscale models of their watch; they don't want to be the next nerd device.

    I imagine they will have a dark mode for occasions such as when in a movie. For battery savings, I wouldn't be surprised if most things are designed to display in dark mode. You could get a notification that wouldn't light up any more than the time, which will be completely acceptable rather than the faux pas of lighting up your phone in a dark theatre. Some people have to stay that connected, others just want to.
  10. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    It will help sort out the nerds and geeks from the busy executives at a glance. Gives a girl a quick heads up as to whether she's in for hours of geek talk or Wall Street news.
  11. jason.siegel macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Is it really different to look at your wrist than a phone? I'm not sure it is. Similarly, I don't think looking at a Google Glass display is really looking at what's on front of you; your eyeballs may look less distracted, but they're not.

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