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Wristwatches in the digital age

A research back in 2009 showed that on average, a person spent a colossal ten hours forty-five minutes in front of a screen or using some sort of media. This included laptop screens, television screens, smart phones, print media and video games. One can only assume that today this time will have increased by at least another three to four hours, almost five years later. Hence it could be safe to say that in this digital world we live in, we spend more than half of our day giving ourselves to the media and technology. In this impossibly fast yet real world, people don’t even have the time to look away from their screens to their wrist watch to check the time. That is more ironic than sounds.

Wrist watches with the conventional hour and minute hand, today, have been deemed useless by almost 14% people of a UK-based study of 1500 people. Across the country there would then be almost 7.5 million people who would not be for wrist watches. Globally these figures aren’t any less. In fact, one could even assume that with the sort of technology now available, the use of a wrist watch is even lesser than, say, buying YouTube views. Time is money. Money buys wrist watches. Wrist watches show the time. It’s a sort of a vicious cycle if you think about it. Why would anyone waste time earning money, and then use the money to buy a wrist watch, especially when time is more conveniently displayed on mobile phones, laptops and even televisions? A new iPod Nano has a watch face on one of its sides and a strap on behind it. It’s lighter than a wrist watch. It has more application considered its part of an iPod. Yes, even iPods are getting newer models all the time because once you have thoroughly listened to it you want one that looks different. With such evolving of technology, which is obviously inevitable, wrist watches have become redundant.

Having said that, let’s not also forget that wrist watches also account for some of the most important fashion statements across the world. Hublot, Tissot, Oakley, Citizen, and Rolex are some of the biggest wrist-watch brands in the world. They are all worth billions of dollars in value and their clientele is no one except the biggest actors, sportsmen and politicians. Even with the technology around, wrist watches still tend to make a statement that nothing can beat. Furthermore, wrist watches have been around for so long that humans have been used to them for centuries. They have evolved in look, style and shape over the years. Wrist watches are one of those things that we have always been so attached to even unknowingly. A research says that those who are used to a watch on their wrist will continue wearing them no matter how much technology progresses.
Wrist watches have come a long way. Their future is cloudy but today they survive in this digital world.