Even 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.
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