A few days after writing an article lambasting the Apple Watch and asking what exactly it does, I have been wearing it every day. I don’t know how it happened and what changed, but it would appear that just wearing it was enough for certain functions to get under my skin and make me miss them when they were not there. It reached the point where I felt that my Seiko was just telling the time and doing nothing else when worn.
This was obviously worrying and so I have tried to force myself to wear the Seiko each day, but I kind of miss some of the small things the Apple Watch does; the fitness tracking, funny news alerts from Quartz, notifications and the ability to respond so quickly to messages. Little things I can do on the phone, but which seem to fit the watch.
I don’t like smart watches for no other reason that I don’t want to like them, but there is a possibility that I could be turned every so easily given time and a new killer feature.
Anyway, that’s not the point of writing this. My Apple Watch experience made me realise that we as humans rarely adjust to new things instantly unless the experience is incredible. The first iPhone, first PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, iPod and some others make that incredible list, but for everything else it takes time.
This is why so many people, especially older generations, took so long to move to smartphones and the fact that the majority use them now is evidence that things just being there can make people try something new and that when they experience that new feeling over a long period, the feeling of it being necessary becomes valid.
I guess this explains why reviews of technology, particularly new genres, should be done over longer periods to offer a more accurate picture. When reviewers rush out to get a new product first, they are not offering a complete review, but merely a summing up of what it feels like to use when it is new in their minds.
How things work over time and how they integrate into your life is much more important and likely explains why so many products (that are great) fail. The people making new products have been using them for long periods and so it becomes easy to forget that they will be new to consumers. Some products mange that well (iPhone) whereas others (Apple Watch) need a lot longer to become necessary.
All I am saying is that maybe we should take longer to truly understand technology when we use it and that maybe we would adjust to quirks and not keep changing products time and time again through mere impatience. We humans are weird like that.