Wearing Google Glass made users feel like they didn’t have to
connect with the actual humans around them. “I’m elsewhere — even
though I appear to be staring right at you.” Frankly the people
who wore Google Glass were afraid of the people around them. And
Glass gave them a strange transparent hiding place. A
self-centered context for suffering through normal moments of
uncomfortable close proximity. Does it matter that everyone around
you is more uncomfortable for it?
At least with a hand-held phone there was no charade. The very
presence of the device in hand, head down, was a clear flag
alerting bystanders to the momentary disconnect. “At the moment,
I’m not paying attention to you.”
Strident, but I don’t think he’s far off the mark.