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Ben Brooks on the Apple Watch

Posted June 10, 2015

I use and check my phone a lot less than before. In fact, 90% of the time my iPhone is on silent (silent on my iPhone doesn't vibrate anymore) and I don't touch my phone much during the work day, or play time with the kids. My iPhone has stopped making noise. My watch doesn't make noise either, it just taps my wrist.

This has been my experience as well. One of the things I hear people say about the Apple Watch (who don't own one) is that it's overkill. They see strapping a piece of technology to their wrist as scary -- essentially, that physically attaching a device to the body is letting technology run your life. But this is not my experience at all.

I've only owned The Apple Watch for less than a week, but in that time, I am actually checking my phone less often. The Watch gives me a little tap every now and then, which I typically dismiss quickly, instead of checking my phone and getting sucked into Instagram.

The same applies to features like weather. There was a time before smartphones when I would log on to to check the forecast. Then I was able to check the weather on my phone. Now it's on my wrist. That's not scary, it's just convenient and less distracting.