Disconnect

I can see the argument that dicking around with our phones in public is not cool, that we should pay more attention to our companions and surroundings, and less to our computer displays. Strapping a computer display to your face is not the answer.

John Gruber: Sergey Brin, With a Computer Strapped to His Head, Covering One of His Eyes, Tells TED Audience Smartphones Are 'Emasculating'.

I’ve been reading this argument again and again over the past week: That always-on connectivity on our phones distracts us from our surroundings and that Google Glass will fix this. Now aside from the fact that strapping a computer to your head is obviously not the solution when you want to disconnect from the internet, I don’t even buy the first part of the argument: I don’t think we stare at our phones, texting, twittering, facebooking, looking stuff up on Wikipedia, catching up on the news, because we’re addicted, we’re doing it because it’s more interesting or useful than what’s going on in our immediate surroundings. Nothing wrong with that as far as I’m concerned.

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