Thursday, May 14, 2015

Too much info too little connection? May 13, 2015

We asked the very simple question.

Are we so connected that we have become disconnected?

Here is what we started the show with!

Do we know too much?
Web, online, email, snapchat… are we too connected too informed and  thus too disconnected?

This is going to sound a bit luddite, please hear me out, but I think we may need to re-evaluate our "need" to be on top of everything going on around us. I started to get this feeling after watching the Android Wear demos and exploring all the different watches currently available. If you go back and re-watch the onstage demo, and look at any press shots or hands on, every image shows it receiving a notification. They range from things like email and text to flight information. Now, I won't say that being up to date on flight information is a bad idea, but I think you need to use something that isn't a once a year (or less) affair for a majority of people. Perhaps the most ridiculous example used was the one with ordering a pizza. If you're not familiar, or missed it, the presenter got a reminder on their watch about how they ordered pizza around that same time a week ago.

I'm not going to try and discredit the engineers' intentions of allowing us to perform actions faster, but I am having trouble getting on board with the need to have notifications bombard our wrist. For one, things like pizza reminders or flight reminders are just a bit siloed. Additionally, is it that bad if we don't instantly see a text message or email notification? I've seen the argument that these will help with meetings, but have you seen these watch faces? They're big, colorful and bright -- they're not exactly going to be inconspicuous if they light up during a meeting.


Here is some of what you said!

 The attention span and quality of connections is dropping. Abid
 Connect more with people than to be connected just on WiFi
Personal connections. Abid
Makes one to be  people introvert and Internet extrovert . Gautham
Checking my mail as we speak.
5/13/2015 9:54:15 PM 971507567440 [From: Einas Bashir] I need  weaning
I use the phone when driving
When cooking i cant go to the toilet without my phone
I need help 😢😢
 We are prisoners of our own technological advancement

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