How Not To Be A Glasshole

GlassholeChalkboardEven if you don’t know what the term ‘glasshole’ means, you can probably tell it’s not something you want to be called. It’s not a good thing. Glasshole refers to a person who wears Google Glass inappropriately.

What is Google Glass?

Google Glass is a new technology that delivers the internet to a user through a mount on eyeglasses.

What’s so bad about surfing the ‘net and why did we need a new swear word for it?

Well, there are a few problems not immediately evident. First, how will you know if the person you’re talking to is with you mentally or is surfing the ‘net? With a traditional device, the head-down-staring-at-device posture is a dead give away. Google Glass wearers can look right at you while enjoying a Kings of Leon video. Second, there’s the distraction factor. Contrary to popular belief, we humans are terrible multitaskers. If you doubt that, read up on the side effects of CPA — constant partial attention. Recently, the first ticket was issued to a driver for wearing Google Glass — you guessed it — while driving. The third concern is the one that has the world talking: the ability to photograph and video one’s surroundings — and all the people who happen to be there — without their knowledge or permission. Because it’s hands-free, there are no visual clues that someone in your midst is recording you.

I’m sure you understood the significance of that last point. The nasty new word was coined to describe the few who briefly — in the excitement of the moment — forget about manners.

Old fashioned manners will help you move into the next generation of connectivity without alienating everyone around you.

Ask if it’s okay to do so before looking away from a live conversation to check your device.

Limit your attention to what’s important — and give it everything you’ve got.

And never video others without their express permission.

Blue Google Glass icon by AHA-Soft


16 Replies to “How Not To Be A Glasshole”

  1. Glad I have no desire to get them. I have enough problem staying away from Facebook!

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  2. I saw that story just this morning about the woman who got the ticket for driving while wearing google glass. The incredulous part: she was interviewed DEFENDING her actions! I’m thinking that we all – including myself – need to do a little electronic detox. Might be one of my resolutions for 2014 …


  3. Thanks for the heads up, Suzan. What a riot reading this post. I didn’t even know such a thing existed, LOL. No matter what, I would notice if I was connecting with someone, or not. As for myself, not keen on joining the Glasshole generation just yet, no matter what level of use, appropriate or otherwise. Lovely play on word, glassholes, so I had to use it even though technically the appropriate Google Glass users aren’t it 🙂


  4. I don’t necessarily see this as being a problem that is different from our current society problems. I absolutely HATE it when I’m trying to have a conversation/lunch/drinks with a friend and they’re distracted constantly by their phone. The worst part of that is that people don’t like to be called on their bad behavior. I think part of the reason people are so hard on Google Glass is because it’s new and only the innovators/early adopters have it. Once it gets to the point where it’s commonplace, I think the term will go away.

    And, that ticket was absurd..there aren’t really any laws on the book regarding Google Glass and there’s no way to prove that the driver was actually using them when she was ticketed…it could have been the equivalent of coming indoors with your sunglasses on…not because you’re a jerk, but because you simply forgot to take them off and you were used to wearing them.


    1. Hi Nikki – I’m with you. It’s terrible when live conversations are derailed by smartphone addictions. I think the reason Glass is taking so much heat is you can’t tell when a person is using it, either to look up info or video the people around them. With the more traditional devices you see that it’s pointed at you or you see the user looking down at the screen.

      Would you like to own a Google Glass? I’d love it and I hope I’d never make others uncomfortable with it.


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