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Warning: this is not the kind of press Google wants you to read!~admin

What happens when you spend a year wearing
Google Glass?

People find you awkward and
weird, and you learn to hate your phone.

Wired’s Mat Honan spent the last year wearing
Google’s wearable technology at every available
opportunity, and his biggest takeaway was that
people find wearable technology very, very weird.

“Again and again, I made people very
uncomfortable.

That made me very
uncomfortable,” says Honan.
Honan found Glass was inappropriate for all
manner of social situations, like eating dinner,
commuting, and helping his wife give birth to
their second child.

Even his coworkers at Wired,
the geekiest magazine on the newsstand, made
fun of him for wearing Glass.

Glass was also not welcome at his oldest child’s
school, “because sometimes it scares children,”
which is exactly the kind of press Google wants you to read.

That’s why, for now, defeating the social and
economic obstacles of wearing an ugly $1,500
computer is nearly impossible.

“Glass is a class
divide on your face,” according to Honan.

Despite
the splashy launch, Google has had to fight the
social backlash against wearable technology since
Glass debuted earlier this year.

Besides the
undeniable aesthetic problems, sometimes
people threaten to beat up Glass users.

But Honan’s year with Glass did yield one
significant benefit.

Disconnecting from the
Internet was a popular trend story in 2013, and
now there’s a backlash brewing against our
addiction to phones.

“Backlash against cell
phones won’t arrive until we understand the real
problem,” Robert Lanham wrote for the Awl
recently.

“Cell phones have made us dull.”

Which is precisely what Glass did for Honan. Glass
helped Honan realize “what a monster I have
become,” for spending too much time on his
phone:

Glass kind of made me hate my phone
— or any phone.

It made me realize how
much they have captured our attention.

Phones separate us from our lives in all
sorts of ways.

Here we are together,
looking at little screens, interacting (at
best) with people who aren’t here.

Looking at our hands instead of each
other.

Documenting instead of experiencing.

Glass sold me on the concept of getting
in and getting out(of internet).

Glass helped me appreciate what a monster I have
become, tethered to the thing in my
pocket.

I’m too absent.

We are all guilty of this now — standing in a
group at a bar where everyone has a drink in one
hand, phone in the other, and there are routine
breaks in the conversation for everyone to check
Twitter.

Friends checking out to send an email or
a text message, or just to check Instagram,
Snapchat, Tinder or anything else we can do on
these little wonders of technology,
though Honan isn’t entirely sure that Glass is the
answer to this problem.

“Can yet another device
make me more present?” he asks.

“Or is it just going to be another distraction? … I have no idea.”

But the important thing is Honan acknowledged he was spending too much time on his phone
instead of interacting with humans.

Is a reckoning against smartphones coming?

Probably not.

There are too many phones now,
and they’re too integrated into every part of our
lives.

But expect the “I abandoned my
smartphone for a dumb phone and got my groove
back in the process” to be the regressive tech
trend story of 2014.

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