Distractions in Everyday Life

Technology is a distraction in many situations in our everyday lives—for example, texting and driving. Millions of car crashes per year are accredited to distracted driving. In this day and age, technology is getting smaller and more portable. On April 24, the Apple Watch was released, the best smartwatch we have seen so far. Although it is the best, it also poses a huge risk in our everyday lives. For example, you are driving and your wrist buzzes; this could cause you to veer off the road and possibly crash. This was a fear with smartphones, but most of us have come to be able to throw our phones in a bag and leave it on the seat next to you. Whether it is safe or not, the Apple and Android fanboy/girl regulars will run out to buy a smartwatch. Those of us who are not fanboys/girls will have to deal with our friends staring at their wrists or at a heads-up display like Google Glass, instead of talking to us. While promoting its augmented reality headset, the Hololens, Microsoft predicts a future where normal glasses will no longer exist, having us looking forward to playing Minecraft in full reality. This just adds to the loss of focus that every American will face when attempting to endure an actual face-to-face conversation (like any of us have those anymore). People have realized that we only call each other when they have nothing better to do. The new technology sector of heads-up displays leaves no time for calling or speaking to our friends, and our society will have to face the idea that human conversations are slowly dying.