Futurists with high hopes knew this would be a reality one day. In the early 80s, one such futurist proudly showed me his watch that could store phone numbers. G wore a similar geek watch when I met him late last century.
The futurists got the mobile device part right. Nearly all of us –across all generations –carry at least a cell phone. Or a cell phone and iPod.
Still, I was surprised to hear that people of a certain generation have stopped wearing wristwatches. This new breed just checks the time on their phone, or their Blackberry, or whatever device they carry.
I don’t consider myself slow to adopt new technology and abandon outdated hardware. But this, I must ponder.
Does this phenomenon applies to girls, who more often have purses than pockets? Will it ever be as easy to find my phone in my purse as it is to twist my wrist? Will everyone wear clothes with pockets now? (Cargo Pant Heaven!)
Like typewriters and land lines, the wristwatch will disappear, I guess. But not until all the people who can’t break the habit of looking at their wrist when someone asks, “do you have the time?” have disappeared too.
(And who says “wristwatch” anymore? It’s been a hundred years since the device had to be distinguished from the alternative “pocketwatch.”)