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Second in our new weekly series about living with Google Glass.​

'Are those the Google Glasses things?'

If you buy Google Glass, get ready to field that question. Every day. I’m not sure what’s more surprising at this point — the number of people who can properly identify Google Glass, or the number of people who have no problem asking me to confirm their suspicion. Interestingly, a decent number of people I come across have said “How do you like Google Glass? I’ve seen a few people with those before.”

Whether they’re scared about breaking it or just shy enough to not inquire, few people have actually asked to try Glass on. In any case, the interaction always ends up being a positive one. Everyone asks a few simple questions about how it works, what I see and of course how much it costs — usually asked with a sense of intrigue and wonder that you just don’t see from “normal” people around consumer electronics today.

Android CentralAnd for every person who has the courage to ask about my fancy headgear, another 20 have given me an interesting look as I walk down the street here in Seattle, sit at a restaurant or order my caramel mocha at Starbucks. As my girlfriend and I walked through the Pike Place Market last weekend on a crowded afternoon, she turned to me after a while and said, “Do you realize that every single person we walk by has stared at Google Glass?” Well, no, I didn’t think it was every person ...

After a couple weeks of walking around the city with Glass, understanding that I’m now “that guy,” I can actually experience what it’s like to live in the future.

At least at this point, the future is a bit of a mixed bag.

I’m doing my best to wear Glass any time I leave the house, and for me that involves a lot of walking and public transit in the city. My primary use of Glass at this point has boiled down to just a few key things. First up is effectively effortless picture and video capture. Look, tap, speak, capture — it’s faster than anyone will be able to take out their phone for a picture, and the resulting images are great to boot. Two more taps or a voice command and the picture is posted on social media.

Android CentralNext is directions. Beyond the inherent location service issues associated with being in a city with tall buildings and questionable cell service, Glass will get you where you need to go walking, and you won’t run into people on the sidewalk while you do it. Transit directions, while useful, could use a little work. You can get a route overview and full directions, but Glass still assumes you have a general understanding of the metro system — step-by-step information including route numbers would be a good start. If I was in another city and had to get from A to B on public transit, the information provided in Google Maps on my phone would be drastically more helpful.

Unfortunately I’m finding notifications to be rather hit-or-miss. Whether it’s out of necessity with battery life or not wanting to distract the user, you really don’t get all of the notifications you want or need. Seeing Google+ comments, Twitter mentions, SMS and some Gmail messages is useful, but I use more than those to communicate and keep up with life throughout the day. (And for the uninitiated, new notifications on Glass don't actually turn on the display in front of your eye. You do get a sound, though.)

I don’t see every email, I don’t see Hangouts at all, I don’t see Facebook Messenger or Foursquare. Much of this comes down to app support and settings for what apps are already there, hopefully fixed with the impending release of the GDK, but the notification system clearly has a long way to go. As someone who’s used to having a Pebble notify me for anything I want, I feel like Glass is just sitting idle on my head when it should be feeding me information.

Nobody ever guaranteed that the future would be wholesale more convenient than the present, right?

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The upcoming release of the GDK has me excited about the possibilities of Glass in the very near future. Just taking a look at the apps released along with a "sneak peak" of the development kit shows the real power of what Glass can do if developers have the proper tools. Google Music on Glass has piqued my interest as well, to say the least.

As for now, I'll be trying to get comfortable living in the future.

More from our Through Glass series ...

 
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Yea I totally want to spend $1500 on plastic glasses

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md0600 says:

+1

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btgrave says:

You know nothing, Aditya Shanbhag1.

dcviper says:

I'm pretty sure he/she knows they don't want to spend $1500 on Google Glass. That's something.

GreyFoxSolid says:

Good, because he won't have to. Had any research been done on the pricing at all, he would know that the $1500 price is for the developer edition and not what the glasses will retail for.

Enthusiasts that read AC often spend $600+ on plastic phones, and $400+ on plastic tablets.

Oh, and Glass isn't just plastic, it has titanium too :P .

Statusnone says:

+1000. I can't wait to get Google Glass. Worth every penny.

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dannyd86 says:

I'll spend it once Google glass is seamlessly integrated into a pair of sunglasses. I suspect its already possible and if Google wanted too they could release the hardware in that form. But it makes sense to first release the star trek visor first. There was enough privacy concerns voiced for something, like you said was seen by every person walking the street.

Call me a creep for wanting all that is Google glass in secret. I call it James Bond!

I'll give you that. The form factor isn't great right now, clearly a first gen attempt.

I don't get why people complain about the materials though.

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MERCDROID says:

This.

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TenshiNo says:

Because some people feel the need to "hate on" things.

mwara244 says:

I can see these for a huge market for the disabled community alone, especially to have integration with medical products and apps, but I doubt a lot of apps will integrate Glass the first year or two if it is not seen as a novelty. Would love to see a kinect like software added for motion and motion controls for driving, I haven't heard if it has a real time wayward for GMaps in the HUD, that would be the best feature of all for road trips, even parcel delivery for companies. Glass has a great versatility in what it could be used for, I wouldn't be surprised if the government bought these for soldiers in the field for real time situations of missions, & locations when without vehicles or dismounted. Would be cheaper than the giant on board systems they have now in vehicles and heavy duty field laptops. Just last year the government finally implemented the long tested land warrior system designed back in the 90's in Afghanistan and it requires an entire suit and helmet with back pack.

If I had the money, I'd buy it!

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Rigelian says:

Well plastic and titanium.

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Aditya Shanbhag, you said it. Nuff' said.

hey

FortTech101 says:

You post so many pictures with it on Google+.

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MUFColin says:

#ThroughGlass

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mstrblueskys says:

I can't wait to get a pair!

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DWR_31 says:

This phrase is exactly what was needed to help inform people that glass is its not doing something to distract the wearer or in invade others privacy;

"As someone who’s used to having a Pebble notify me for anything I want, I feel like Glass is just sitting idle on my head when it should be feeding me information."

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brendilon says:

In which case, taking it off when driving shouldn't be a problem.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

Snapping your head back and forth in casual conversation looks ridiculous and is illegible as phatic communication. In other words, other people around you have no idea what your jerky head movements might or might not signify. Is he turning something on, or off? Is he going to record this conversation, take a picture, or is he just silencing an incoming notification? Or did a bug just land on his ear?

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Mac58 says:

lol have u ever actually used glass? In my limited time with glass, I saw that you dont' jerk your head'. Its more of a looking up motion as if you were thinking about something.

I've watched a few do it. I was under the impression they were having a epileptic fit. ;-)

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return_0 says:

Maybe do even the slightest research on Glass before making a ridiculous claim about it?

Oh believe me, I've done A LOT of research.

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brendilon says:

No you clearly haven't.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

How can you be so sure of yourself?

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brendilon says:

Well I've used Glass and I read your post. Those two points together make it clear you aren't half as informed as you claim to think you are.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

MERCDROID says:

Oh, you have it? That's awesome, man!

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Rigelian says:

Glass works much better if you slowly elevate and lower your head. Jerkiness kind of screws with how it operates. I've had Glass for about a month now and have never recorded a conversation. I doubt that many people actually do. As far as using it as a camera, I take pictures with Glass in pretty much the same way I take pictures on a camera. Finally, you don't have to silence a notification. It happens in moment and it's over.

I wonder how much of this notion you have about Glass users is in your own head.

Since you have a picture of someone driving a car, I've got to ask: are you wearing those things while driving? If so,

http://www.dailytech.com/Quick+Note+Google+Glass+Lands+California+Driver...

And, as far as wearing them everywhere you go:

http://www.dailytech.com/Seattle+Restaurant+Bans+Google+Glass+Tells+Wear...

1. Wearing Glass didn't get that driver a ticket. Speeding did. https://plus.google.com/u/0/115963387846188704264/posts/PwbnDHAzqQd

2. Don't like a hipster shop's dumb rules and its cry for attention? Don't spend money there.

Nice links though. :p

Kylecore says:

Also want to point out the article is about someone in Seattle which isn't very close to California. ;)

brendilon says:

Speeding got her the ticket, the visible screen of glass got an added fine. As it should. Glass should not be worn while driving.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

That was me driving the car. I don't have a car, so I'm not driving regularly with Glass. When I do, I can assure you I'm not reading news stories on the New York Times or doing a video Hangout with friends. Because I'm a responsible driver that knows Glass is going to distract me, I pretty much just keep it off -- just like I do with my phone.

As for the rest, I think Phil's comment (above) pretty much sums things up.

Cry for attention?? From what I've heard the OTHER customers applauded the owners actions....

I see A LOT of Glass wearers crying out for attention. They happily point this out on the likes of Twitter and Google+ and when out in public they THINK they're the sh@t

I'll get Glass...when it's compatible with my regular glasses...

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Mac58 says:

since when did liking a status and twitter equate a cry for attention,and even if it was how is the owner posting something blatantly expressing his/her personal opinion on glass not?
People record things from their phones all the time, glass is no different. I think its just making people uncomfortable,but if google glass is banned, phones should be banned from that establishment as well

I'm not uncomfortable with it...I just don't see why people (NOT ALL PEOPLE) with Glass have to go around acting like they are special. Once Glass becomes more widely available, I'm pretty sure that mentality will dissipate.

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dchawk81 says:

Yeah I got a Lincoln Navigator recently. It's posh as hell. I thought I was the shit until I remembered there are 14 years' worth of newer, posher ones. :-D

M J says:

Big difference... With a phone you normally hold it up and it's pretty obvious to most around you that you are recording something. With glass you could be recording, but no one will know for sure, and most will probably assume you are.

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MERCDROID says:

The same could be said about a smartwatch, but I don't see you or anyone else complaining about those.

For goodness sake, for decades, we've had pens (available for consumer purchase) that could candidly take pictures and video of unsuspecting people.

Where was the outrage, then? People just love to complain for the sake of complaining, lol.

return_0 says:

Agreed, seems like with Glass, people are hopping on to the anti-Glass bandwagon created by various tech sites and the media in general.

M J says:

I'm not complaining about anything, I'm just stating the difference between the two. Those pens were junk, better now, but how many people you know has one? What would happen if one day the cams were so cheap that pen makers decided to put one in every pen they make?

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Spycams exist but, as you just said, they are supposed to be hidden. Some guy with a pair of Google glasses on is like having the same guy with a handy cam pointed to your face all the time.

TenshiNo says:

And doesn't Glass have an LED on the front, indicating that it's recording?

dannyd86 says:

I can't wait. I can see it now, ugly fat person on the bus, snap a pic and send to a friend with a clever joke. Or hot girl along with a standard locker room comment lol. Good times ahead.

Your being watched by thousands of cameras as you walk through the streets or a mall. Cabs and busses have security cameras. Big cities have more and more public surveillance at busy points. If you don't like your picture taken time to move to away from society

M J says:

Ya good times until it's you daughter who's pic is taken and plastered all over the net. Those security cameras are normally not put on the internet for everyone to see.

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return_0 says:

See Jerry's Google+ post. Glass is compatible with regular glasses.

I've seen pictures where people have taken the device off the frame and put it on their regular frames... Pretty cool. :-)

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SASenfield says:

Honestly, you don't even have to do that. I just wedge the Glass nose pads between my lenses (in front of the pads on my glasses) and they fit just fine.

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travaz says:

As far as the ban in the restaurant it is a private business and the owners have the right to set any rule they like. You cant go to some restaurants with out a tie and Jacket (Guess I wont be there :)) As far as glass I am on the fence until I could really use one for a bit.

reeper55 says:

Did you really think you were sharing info that the rest of us were not privy to? Maybe you were just looking to display your uncanny knack for pointing out the obvious.

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TenshiNo says:

Dude was just contributing his 2 cents to the conversation. That's why we're all down here, reading the comments. There's no reason to be rude. People wanting to weigh-in with their opinions is what makes online communities like this thrive.

nickstarr says:

As a fellow Seattle Glass Explorer I look forward to future posts in this series. I've had mine since June and had a few issues with venues and people (as you can see from the link David posted above).

We should have a Glass Explorer meetup in Seattle. There are actually quite a few of us out there. I'd recommend we meet somewhere other than Lost Lake though ;)

NoNexus says:

If there are ten of you, you should go there. It would be interesting to see them turn down a bill of that size...

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Clak says:

First thing I thought of when I saw that top picture was "Optic blast!" lol.

Orion78 says:

Lmao!!! I thought the same thing. He can give Cyclops a run for his money. Lol

blp72 says:

Very good article Andrew! I always look forward to your reviews and opinions which I've come to respect greatly! Keep up the great work ...Give him a raise Phil!!!

Glass will be banned from courthouses,government buildings and other places.

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They will also be banned from my property too. If i do get Glass, i will respect other peoples rules.

no whining from me.

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brendilon says:

Except for all the whining you've done in this post...

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

IIJBII says:

I like these articles. I'm interested in google glass and these articles give some good insight/perspective on daily use.

Pirate Arr says:

Yup, a world without privacy where everything private is nonexsistant. Kind of scary if you ask me

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Right, because before Glass existed it was impossible to record people on video without their knowledge.

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It's easier to record people without their knowledge with Glass. At least with a phone/tablet you have a pretty good guess what's going on.

I like many others will refuse to talk to a person with Glass stuck to their head.

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I wasn't referring to phones and tablets. You've been able to easily buy glasses, hats and other accessories with cameras in them for decades. Not to mention home and business-style IP cameras that can be placed just about anywhere.

If you're worried about your privacy, fine, but aim your worry at something that's actually violating it.

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And Glass doesn't?

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MERCDROID says:

It doesn't violate your privacy, if no one cares about looking at you, lol.

Whether Glass can violate your privacy is irrelevant considering it was easier and cheaper to do so even 10 years ago. There's nothing Glass can do that couldn't already be accomplished when it was released.

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Yes, but those spy cams didn't have a connection to the politically connected Larry and Sergey show.

What does that have to do with people thinking their privacy is being violated by Google Glass?

Well, it's the practical consequences of having one's privacy violated isn't it? If I open a wrong door somewhere and see a nude person, that person's privacy was violated, but the consequences are far worse if I'm wearing Glass, and streaming that to Youtube for the world to see and live on forever. Given the latest Edward Snowden revalations, I find that worrisome. And before anyone calls me an Obama hater, I'm not American so I have no skin in this game. Remember governments change, and tomorrow there may be one in power you don't like.

TenshiNo says:

I have pointed this out time and again, but if you are in a public setting you have no expectation of privacy. Period. What you look like, where you are in public, none of this is "private" information.

As Andrew said, there have been many better ways to surreptitiously record people for years. At least Glass has an LED to make it apparent when the user is recording.

You commented that you were worried about someone "recording a conversation". Why would you be worried about that? How is me recording the conversation any different from being able to repeat what you said verbatim, except maybe that I would have proof if you tried to lie about what was said?

If I *really* want to record a conversation with someone, I'm going to use a micro-cassette recorder in my pocket, not Google Glass mounted to my face with the recording light showing.

return_0 says:

Hmm... I haven't seen you complaining on the articles about the Galaxy Gear, since it's just as easy (if not easier) to discreetly take pictures or record video with that.

whaddupdoe says:

Pictures reminds me of Cyclops

Not really complaining...more putting my opinion across.

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brendilon says:

*cough bullshit cough*

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

PRyan0417 says:

My favorite part about reading your posts, Phil, is the pictures of my home town. I live in Memphis, TN, now, but I grew up in Milton, and seeing pictures of Pensacola on a fairly well known web site is always neat and a nice change from all the photos of New York or LA that you get everywhere else.

Duncan1982 says:

BARE IN MIND THIS IS JUST MY OPINION-google glass all be it inventive tech-its just a novelty in that look what can be done-will it appeal to the masses hmmm i think not rather the select few, another thing is will it be affordable to the masses hmm i think not. Its a clever idea and a pointless one at the same time. Proof that it can be done google achieved something but i can guarentee that this wont be used by the masses anytime soon.

As for privacy that isnt really an issue and aggree with Andrews statement. And we are hardly living in that world anymore are we? everytime you use that bank card you can be traced and what you purchased and the cost which overtime can then calculate your earnings ect ect just one example that we no longer have that privacy except in our own homes.

Google Glass does it work for you? How many think its a revolutionary and exceptable idea that will greatly enhance their lives?

As much as i like my tech and would give it a go based on novelty in a shop perhaps in the real world nah i have to say and will edit this f@ck no lol

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dropslash says:

As a fellow Glass Explorer and developer, I'm looking forward to following this series.

The title, and a lot of the comments here, perfectly sum up what it's like living with Glass, "Feeling comfortable living in the future.", because that's really what it is. We're right at the start of those awkward steps we have to take when transitioning to new ways of a interacting in and with a modern world. The complaints against Glass now are no different, I'm sure, than the complaints levied against the printing press, car, internet, cellphone, GPS, etc, in their time. The huge difference today is that we're highly visible and open as individuals who are taking those steps.

In 2, 5, 10, years all these complaints seem as ridiculous then as the one's against the printing press in the 15th century are now.

"feeling comfortable living in the future" when the device as it is now is an over priced toy for the few that are "privileged" to part with $1500...

The complaints are very valid, considering someone is walking around with a video camera glued to their heads. I'm all for advancing tech, but Glass is one area I'm not so keen on...right now. It's more intrusive than a phone or tablet.

I'm likely to purchase it at some point (MAYBE), but that doesn't mean someone who is against it has to conform to Glass wearers world view. It's all down to respect. Something a lot of Glass users I've come into contact with lack.

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MERCDROID says:

I have yet to encounter any Glass users. Are they really that belligerent?

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Some of them are yes.

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Duncan1982 says:

This is NOT the future especially when most governments are deliberatly creating poverty amongst the masses, advancements in tech are interesting THIS is not, its like a prooof of concept and for that well done Google.

This will be a novelty just like the 3D shit has been.

No doupt the elitests will enjoy looking like morons although news flash you already do lol

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Rigelian says:

Some of any group is belligerent. Including the anti-glassers. It's the nature of the human condition. Trying to define the group by its most extreme elements is a form of demagoguery. The privacy concerns are real, but not substantially different from already existing concerns.

So far I haven't seen any posting of pics from Glass users that are designed to embarrass people. They may exist, but I haven't seen any yet. Compare that to what you see on youtube using conventional smartphone technology and the hyperventilating concerning Glass seems a bit misplaced.

Not misplaced, because from a distance it's hard to know what a Glass wearer is doing. With a phone, its actually easy to tell if they are recording.

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Rigelian says:

From a distance is hard to know exactly what anyone is doing. Moreover, if someone really gets their giggles from recording people surreptitiously, there are devices much more suited than Glass.

If it were so easy catching people recording from standard smartphones, why or why are there so many videos on youtube of people surreptitiously recorded by smartphones? Moreover, if someone is recording you in public using a smartphone and you see them, what exactly are you going to do about it anyway?

As far as the restaurant owners and people in their own private property are concerned, they have the right to exclude Glass from their environment. In public, not so much.

brendilon says:

Bingo. Spackman is just paranoid and bitter because he doesn't have a pair... Nor does he have Glass.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

Paranoid and bitter because i don't have a pair?

Not paranoid and certainly not bitter. I'm not the sucker who gave Google 1500 for a mediocre device. I'll wait until they release the polished version.

Just because i don't view Glass the way you do, doesn't mean you have to be a pretentious prick about it.

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MERCDROID says:

So, you're going to buy it? Why such opposition, then?

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I said i MAY buy it... I'm not opposed to it. The concept is great..

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TenshiNo says:

LOL +1

cacarr says:

I think you are overstating the difficulties of taking surreptitious images and videos with handsets. And there are certainly some invasive images one can get with a handset that would be quite difficult with Glass -- upskirts, for one.

MERCDROID says:

Agreed. But, you know what they say: it only ever takes the actions of a few, to ruin it for the rest.

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pgg101 says:

If it could be embedded into regular eyeglasses, then maybe. Otherwise, I wouldn't wear one, just like I don't walk around with a bluetooth ear piece.

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TenshiNo says:

I used to walk around with my blue tooth ear piece in a lot. Especially if I had just gotten out of the car. And, yeah, I got a couple of comments. Not many, but a couple. Usually an older guy would say something like "Look, a cyborg!"

I would just look at him and chuckle. It's whatever. Some people aren't happy unless they're trying to put other people down. I don't use mine nearly as much, now that I have the BT-enabled car stereo, but I'll wear it whenever I feel the need. I really couldn't care less what anyone thinks about it. Ridicule of something you don't understand generally comes from a place of fear.

Don't worry too much about what people think, because most of them don't do it often.

Andi Haidar says:

if this project just makes attachable hardware that can be used in every glassess thats will be great and i think everyone just wan't it with their glasses style :D

Johnrb says:

Would never wear a smart watch or tech specs.This is going too far, I don't fancy walking around looking like a nerdy geek.

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Rigelian says:

There is clearly a tension. One doesn't want Glass to be hidden, because of privacy concerns, yet if it is a conspicuous one doesn't want them either because you don't want to stand out.

cacarr says:

"This is going too far..."

For _you_, perhaps. I'm sure you agree that you don't get to tell other people what gadgets they can own.

"I don't fancy walking around looking like a nerdy geek."

People said the same thing about headphones when Walkman came out.

To some extent the future has been here before the public has any clue. Glass is nothing more than a miniature HUD that's been used in aviation and the Military. Soldiers on the battlefield have been using this tech for years. We as the public, as usual are late to the party. :-\

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TenshiNo says:

True, as the technology to manufacture the tech smaller and cheaper makes mainstream production feasible. That's usually the way tech works. A lot of times, it's developed for the government, and then they find a way to produce it so that the general populous might be interested.

Gearu says:

Congrats on becoming part of the problem of our world, you are no longer one of us, but one of them.

Rigelian says:

Can you define us and them?

cacarr says:

Why so tribal?

daddyd01 says:

Seems to me that Glass is reserved for the elite few, in select cities, that have disposable income where they can afford to drop $1,500 on first generation hardware. I, as a rule, do not purchase first generation product, especially tech. There's no way to integrate prescription lenses into the frames, which I sorely need because I can't be properly corrected by contact lenses, and wearing one pair of glasses on top of another looks stupid. I would consider Glass if, and when they come down to a reasonable price point, in the range of prescription eyewear, with the option of corrective lenses. And, Glass would have to be somewhat ubiquitous, not just limited to the hip, trendy, youthful, high disposable income population centers.

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ctleng76 says:

Glass is a great innovation from Google that I think will eventually appeal to the masses. However, until the price comes WAY down, and the styling looks less like a Borg implant, I think most people will pass on it.

Unfortunately I fear that this will be another gadget that distracts us even more from face to face interaction. You won't be able to tell if someone is talking to you or someone else through the glasses. It will be one more annoyance on top of the already annoying public cell phone user.

Only time will tell...

Rigelian says:

That new fangled radio has completely distracted us, then of course the sony walkman, then the portable cd player...and so on and so forth. Maybe "distraction" is part of the human condition.

So far my experience with Glass is that it has been less distracting than my cellphone. I think that taking out the cellphone to check something naturally progresses to doing something else with it once you get it out of your pocket. The experience of others may differ. However, so far I haven't been Glass obsessed, in the sense that I use it mostly to quickly check a notification, send quick texts when I want to, and take the occasional photo when I see something interesting.

There is the potential of it becoming more and more distracting as additional apps are added, but at this point...not really so much.

TenshiNo says:

Your comments about devices that distract us from face-to-face conversation are fair, but I see fewer and fewer people actually walking around talking on their phones. As with any technology that changes society, it takes time for society to establish "rules" about how those devices are used.

Think back to the early days of cell phones, when people would (seemingly) intentionally announce to an entire restaurant that it was their cell phone that was ringing and proceed to have whole conversations (loudly) at their table. It was a status symbol for them. It made small people feel important. Even before the invention of the cell phone, there were restaurants (most notably in California) that would have a phone with a really long cord so that they could bring it to your table.

There will always be those who have no concerns for how their actions impact those around them, and those who purposefully try to disrupt others for the feeling of power they feel while doing it. But, by and large, I think society eventually sorts these behaviors out to where they become only a small subset and not the norm.

Rigelian says:

You must have grown up in a slightly different environment than I did. Most of the people I knew back in that era seemed slightly embarrassed about creating the distraction. If they answered the phone it was brief.

Different experiences.

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hmmm says:

Unless I was into making POV porn I don't think I'd ever want these.