Joshua Fruhlinger on the dark side of Google Glass

Joshua Fruhlinger, writing for Engadget:

“…we’ve become rude: people check messages in the middle of conversations, get up from dinner tables to take calls and hold their smartphones on their laps to respond to emails below the tablecloth. We’ve become jerks…Do we really want to walk around with HUDs in our eyes? Have we accepted our distractedness to the point that we think it’s okay to check email in the corner of our vision while we pretend to pay attention? Maybe we’re evolving, ultimately capable of doing both. But not yet. In the proposed world of Google Glass, for all we know, our friends could be reading the news the entire time we thought they were hearing our whines for support.”

I agree with every syllable fo Fruhlinger’s essay. As I said in February:

“Don’t we spend enough time staring at tiny screens? Removing the little friction that remains – the four or five seconds it takes to pull a smartphone from a pocket – means the compulsion to record and share every little thing that ever happens will grow, and be met, at an incredible rate. And at what cost?”

It’s impossible to process, reflect upon and learn from input when the input never stops.