How The Apple Watch Will Solve Our Connectivity Addiction

When the largest technology company in the world releases a brand new product line, not many would think that it’s going to revolutionize the way we disconnect from the digital world.

Touted as Apple’s “most personal device yet,” the Apple Watch has already been preordered by an estimated 1 million people in the first 24 hours of being on sale. However, what many early buyers may not yet understand is that the Apple Watch is going to fundamentally change the way we interact with our other mobile devices.

Next time you’re walking outside or sitting in a restaurant, take a moment (you may have to look up from your own device) to observe just how many people around you are looking down, totally absorbed into their phones. Over the past decade we’ve become a nation obsessed with continuous connectivity, even when it means sacrificing precious human interaction. Children are being raised in a world where prioritizing a device over in-person conversation isn’t just acceptable, it’s the norm.

Whether intentional or not, the Apple Watch is our best hope for disconnecting from a constant attachment to our mobile devices. While technically labeled a watch, Apple’s new device will allow you to do every major task that we currently rely on our phones for, in a fraction of the time.

While shortening each digital interaction by a few seconds may seem insignificant, the time-saving benefit becomes clear when multiplied by the hundreds of times a day we check our devices. By reading and responding to a message in 5 seconds instead of 20, we can instantly reduce the time on our devices by up to 75%.

Best of all? This 75% time savings comes without any reduction to the actual amount of content consumed or created on our devices. We can send the same amount of messages, “like” the same amount of instagrams, and read just as many news articles…just in significantly less time.

Will the actual results be as picturesque as described above? Probably not. However, what is certain is that we won’t be able to achieve a world in which human interaction regains priority over digital connection if users are forced to decrease the amount of content they consume or create.

That is what is so special about the Apple Watch — it’s advanced enough to provide us with the exact same functionality we can get from our phone, with a form factor ensuring the interaction will take a fraction of the time. Leaving us time to reconnect with others around us, and maybe even keep an uninterrupted conversation with the person seated next to you.

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