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Smart watches and other wearable tech items can be both a blessing and a curse. They have become fully integrated into our daily lives, and can help us with scheduling, fitness, and time management. At the same time, many people find that increasing technology's already overwhelming presence in their lives isn't the answer for them. Here are our top pointers for smart watch etiquette, so that you can incorporate them in your daily life without coming off in a potentially offensive way.
Master your notification settings. With great power comes great responsibility. Before you pick it up, put it in your pocket, or strap it on, learn how to control your device. Don’t subject captive audiences (think coworkers, fellow commuters, waiting room guests, etc.) to your calendar, emails, texts and alarms.
However proud you are of your new device there is never a need to flaunt it about. It doesn’t need to be the topic of every conversation. To wear it casually, comfortably and confidently is to wear it well.
Congratulations early adopter! You are a representative for the future. We will all be watching you to see what works and what doesn’t so take care and hold yourself to a high standard of consideration and respect for others.
Have answers ready for those who want to know about or even touch your new device. From “I don’t have time to show you right now, but I can tell you I love it.” to “This little friend has changed my life, want to see my favorite new trick?” A few ready replies for the naturally curious can keep the day moving nicely.
Beware, the gesture of checking your watch has been around for hundreds of years and could give others the idea that you are concerned about the time and are ready to go. Think before you glance about the message you are sending as well as the one you are receiving.