“What does it do?” That’s the most common question I’m asked when people notice the new gadget adorning my wrist. And after three days of use, I’m relieved to say, “not much.”
I’ll be the first to admit that ever since the day I bought my first iPhone (nerd alert: July 3, 2007), I’ve been one of those annoying people who is overly attached to her smart devices. I’m an early adopter, a gadget pre-orderer, a food instagrammer, a live tweeter. And I keep my phone in view at all times, whether it’s on my desk, on the passenger seat of my car, or yes, even on the restaurant table at dinner. And although I’ve argued the case for technology bringing people together, I could stand to detach a bit.
So why would I connect myself to another device? Well actually, it’s to allow myself to disconnect from the rest.
When I leave my house, I’m carrying a bag. On work days it’s a backpack or large shoulder bag. On weekends it’s a smaller cross body purse. All are significantly large enough for a slender iPhone 6. In fact, most of them even have an inside pocket made specifically for a mobile device. And yet where is my phone the majority of the time? In my hand. Because what good are the features of your phone if it’s hidden away in the deep abyss of a purse that masks all sounds and vibration patterns?
But really, 95% of the time the phone is in my hand or next to me, it’s extraneous. No texts from friends. No calls from my husband. No directions to the nearest coffee shop. But what do I do? I fill up that 95% with social media and email and games and news and weather, etc. because hey, it’s right there in my hand. As amazing as it is to have all of the knowledge in the world right at my fingertips, I’m tired of the barrage of distractions. I’m tired of my lack of self-control and my obsession over the digital world.
My reason for buying an Apple Watch was the hope that it would let me detach from the unimportant stuff (95%) while still staying connected to the important stuff (5%).
And so far so good.
I left my phone at my desk while I attended a few meetings and was still able to send my husband a quick “In a meeting, I’ll call you later,” reply. I went out to a restaurant and kept my phone in my purse the entire time. I went to Target and had my shopping list accessible and my hands free. For the first time in what feels like forever, I walked around my house without my phone in my pocket and I was still able to control my music and take a quick phone call when I needed to. And because the apps on the Apple Watch are so simplified, there really is NO WAY to spend more than a few seconds with my attention on my own wrist.
Today, I sat on my patio and drank a cup of coffee, appreciating the beautiful weather and the quiet moment. It felt great. And that's why I bought an Apple Watch.