I was listening to TWiT this week and Georgia Dow was pleading with people to put down their tech and engage with each other. Becky Worley responded by talking about what the implications are when you look at your watch because you received a notification. Iain Thomson suggested that especially on a date you should put away your tech.
I would like to suggest there’s another way to look at this. Let’s say you really like tech. Let’s say it’s really important to you and a way that you keep connected with the world and your friends. Maybe you should choose friends/dates based on people with that common interest instead of giving up what you love?
Let’s pretend I went on a date with a man who loved music. Should he shut off his music whenever we’re together because I don’t favor music? Or should he perhaps realize that I’m not the right woman for him if I don’t like it?
This week Maryanne Garry (the professor who messes your memories) spent a few days with Steve and me. We had no activities planned and we all talked about how enjoyable it was to just sit around and play with our tech. We’d be reading articles, tweeting, writing, and yet interacting in between activities. Did you see this hilarious video? I just found a great article on memory, let me read you a bit of it. Oh my gosh this talking dog is killing me! Let me check IMDB for what movie we should watch. Have you figured out how to get notifications to work the way you like it on your Apple Watch? These are the conversations we had throughout her visit and we were all glued to our Macs, all playing with our watches…and couldn’t have been happier.
I do have one comment on notifications though. When I first got the Apple Watch I had it set to both tap me and make a sound. I was talking to Lindsay one night about something really important to her, and my watch tapped and dinged. She said, “I’ll wait”. I had NO INTENTION of even looking at my wrist during this conversation much less answering the notification. Since then I’ve turned off the sound so that I get to choose when to look without the other person worrying about it. If I’m just hanging out with someone I’ll check it and no one I want to hang out with would care, but if I’m in a conversation where I’m super engaged I can choose to ignore the watch.
I’m curious what you think about my point of view vs. the current trend which is to yell at us for enjoying our tech.