Gijs Bakker

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Pocket watch 2.0

It’s always interesting to notice changes in your own behaviour and I think a lot of people can relate to this post.

I always used to wear a wristwatch, most of the time a cheap Casio watch. For me it was always a practical thing, not so much an accessory. Actually, I hated putting on and wearing a watch, but I simply like to keep track of time. Whenever I forgot to put on a watch, I really missed being able to see what time it was.

Enter smartphone
When I got an iPhone 3GS, wearing a watch became less and less important. Funny enough, before with cell phones this was not the case.
I noticed I started using my iPhone as a pocket watch:
– Take out of pocket
– Press button (on pocket watches, ‘the button’ would often open the casing)
– Watch the time
– Press button again
– Put back in pocket

Of course there are numerous things that the smartphone has made obsolete to some degree.

A classic pocket watch

A classic pocket watch

Obsolete
Of course there are numerous things that the smartphone has made obsolete to some degree. As for me the list would be something like; camera (obviously), calculator, flashlight, memo recorder (yes I really had cassette memo recorder), compass, spirit level (waterpas), calendar and agenda, guitar tuner, alarm clock, etcetera etcerera.

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