“Before Quartz, I never tended to be someone who bought the first generation of a new product. I usually waited until the kinks were worked out and picked up the second version,” Mike Murphy writes for Quartz. “But something about the Apple Watch, something that dated back to some of my earliest pop culture memories of watching Dick Tracy with his video watch, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with their Turtle Comms, made me feel like Apple was releasing a piece of technology that was something I’ve been waiting for my entire life. Something that felt like the future.”
“So I bought one, and for a few months I loved it. I loved the immediacy of knowing everything as soon as it happened, I loved the activity-monitoring features, and I loved sending exceedingly garbled messages via Siri without having to open my phone,” Murphy writes. “But closing in on a year, I started to become disillusioned with the device to the point where I thought about taking it off — even though I’d spent $350 on it, and far too much on extra watch straps in different colors.”
“But before I could decide, I started getting dizzy,” Murphy writes. “I should probably mention that I have a heart condition… The Apple Watch is the most anxiety-inducing piece of technology I’ve ever owned. It’s a reminder that a worry is like a notification, which left unchecked, can consume you. For me, it was the heart rate, and a fear that I was neglecting my mortality, the duty to my parents and the doctors who saved my life when I was two years old by not ensuring that I was doing all I could to keep on living. The heart monitor and the watch itself made me feel like a bad son and lazy person and not a hard-enough worker with the constant reminders that I wasn’t moving enough, answering enough messages, or being present.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Beyond Murphy’s rather specific heart issue and OCD checking of his heart rate, you control the Notifications your Apple Watch receives. Right on down to zero notifications, if that’s what you desire.
A properly set-up Apple Watch is not “anxiety-inducing,” it’s actually unbelievably freeing. While the rest of the world is glued to their phones, constantly fishing them out of pockets and purses and back in, hundreds of times per day, laying them on dining tables so they “don’t miss anything,” etc., Apple Watch users simply go about their lives, with their heads up and their eyes looking ahead — like normal people used to do prior to June 2007 — only looking at their iPhones when they’ve determined (via their Apple Watch) that they need to.