October 03, 2007

Is the watch on the way out?

Walking around the conference these last few days, one thing that’s caught my eye is that watch wearers seem to be in the minority. Presumably, this is inversely proportional to mobile phone usage, which is ubiquitous, to the point where it’s sometimes seemed to me that as we all shuttle from one auditorium to the next, being on your phone is actually becoming preferable to talking to the person walking along next to you.

Almost everyone seems to be either talking excitedly into a mobile phone (often at this conference, an iPhone), or frowning ferociously as they read email from their Blackberry, tapping away urgently, in a manner suggestive of major crisis aversion. The phone: not just the new watch, but also the new umbilical cord.


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