On my wrist currently sits an Apple Watch that is now, just a watch. For nearly a year I persevered, I wanted to like it, I wanted it to fulfil those promises of enhancing my life. You see, for many years now I have become wedded to the Apple way of doing things, everything just seems to work., everything is available wherever and whenever I want. From the photos I take on my phone popping straight up on my Macbook to knowing my diary and emails are always up to date. The Apple Watch was different, instead of reducing stress, it seemed to invoke it. Over the next couple of blog posts, I am going to try and document how I fell out of love with it, or really how I was never in love with it in the first place.
Thinking about it in this moment, there are three distinct elements that have lead to the eventual rejection of the technology, namely the pressure created through self-tracking goals; the always-on nature of the device and the associated sense of urgency created through alerts; and the intrusion the device seems to create within human interactions.
Dave Beer wrote a great blog on why he wouldn’t be getting an Apple Watch and interestingly, many of the reasons he gives resonate with my experiences, ultimately in answer to his question of how connected I want to be; clearly not as commented as Apple want me to be! Over the next few posts, I will try to elaborate own this.