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Is Your Date Talking To You, Or Just On Google Glass?

Posted June 3, 2013 by

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google_glass_ui_leak_hero-580x395There’s been lots of talk lately about the exciting new piece of tech that Google has come out with, Google Glass. Just for anyone who hasn’t been following the news in the last six months, it’s basically an add-on to your smartphone that you wear on your face like a pair of glasses which projects a tiny screen right onto your eyeballs so you can check your email, take photos, and play Bejeweled without using your hands or looking away from the rest of the world around you.

Huzzah! Technology has taken a new leap and we’re one step closer to having a direct link to the internet spliced into our genes so that we can check our email in our dreams! The future is here!

There have been only a handful of prototype devices that have been offered to select members of the Technorati and to some tech bloggers (sadly this humble blogger has not been one of them), but the units won’t be available to the general public until 2014. Even then, the price tag on them will be around $1500, so, like many new technologies when they’re just starting out, it’ll be a little too expensive for many of us. Unless the Google Glass goes the way of the Segway, and won’t be able to drop the price enough that it’s novelty won’t outweigh it’s cost, the price will drop enough in conjunction with it’s rise in ubiquity that we’ll start seeing more and more of them over the coming years. The people over at Business Insider have actually provided a helpful graph to chart this prediction:

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Well in spite of it’s slow start, it looks like by 2018, Google Glass is expected to be selling around 21.1 million units a year. Of course those sales are worldwide, but in total numbers, thats about 5.5% of the projected population of North America by the year 2018.

Before we get completely carried away with the numbers we should take a few things into consideration. The above graph represents the most optimistic projected sales of Google Glass, which, in spite of all of its current hype, may in fact fail in the actual market a la Segway like some peopleare predicting. What’s also worth considering, is that not unlike the smartphones which it attempts to augment, Google Glass will be a lot more popular amongst certain segments of the population over others. But of course that segment will most likely be young people, a group that is often hipper to newer technologies, but also a group that is more often single and more likely to be dating online. So here’s my prediction, within the next 5 years, if you don’t already have Google Glass yourself, you’ll more than likely go on a date with someone who does.

Dating With Google Glass

How will this affect your dating experience? By doing my own informal poll, it looks like glasses themselves on someone’s face are oft4en considered sexy even if a lot of glasses wearers might think that they’re more of a detriment. It looks like a lot of women find glasses on men to be attractive since they can often compliment the face quite well and add an interesting element to people’s looks. Google Glass, however, might be completely different. Since the standard design of Google Glass has no frames, they personally remind me a little of that common hipster emo style of wearing non-perscription glasses just to increase one’s geek cred. As someone who is pretty blind without a way of correcting my vision, I personally find this style a little offensive. As far as I’m concerned, glasses should ultimately have a utilitarian use, such as vision correction or shade (or to play Angry Birds maybe someday) and shouldn’t be used as a fashion accessory, but I digress.how-guys-will-use-glass

Here’s the real rub with Google Glass though: You don’t really have any idea if your date is looking at you and paying attention to your conversation or looking at his own private screen in which he’s interacting with something completely foreign to you, perhaps having a conversation with somebody else at that very moment. Technically they have to direct their eyeballs up and to the right in order to interact with their fancy specs, but it’s not like people don’t do that all of the time already. If I remember any of my Neuro-Linguistic Programming from university, looking up and to the right signals that someone is remembering an image, which in a way is what checking your smartphone is like. Proponents of Google Glass argue that the purpose of the device is to actually bring people more into reality, since there won’t be a constant compulsion to look down at your personal smartphone screen and disengage with the real world every time you get a notification from a Twitter follower. The crucial difference is though, with a device that is actually removed from your face, you can turn it off, and put it away if you catch yourself focussing too much on that rather than the world around you. Google Glass allows you to never have to make that choice, and I predict most people won’t ever bother turning the thing off. Also, Google Glass can’t fold up and fit into your pocket like a real pair of glasses. As a result, it’ll be too impractical to ever remove them and then people won’t feel the need to ever turn them off. The more convenient technologies become, the less you feel like you can do without them, and pretty soon they inhabit an essential place in your world.

The other frightening aspect of Google Glass, especially as it relates to dating, is that if you’re with someone wearing one, you can never be sure if they’re photographing you, or posting info about you in realtime onto their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Any semblance of privacy that we still might want to cling to starts to get erased when there as fewer and fewer moments when we’re away from our virtual connections. The comedian Dartanion London made this great video to illustrate a potential Google Glass ridden date. Of course it’s a parody; hopefully this won’t be happening everywhere in a couple of years, but who knows? There’s a good chance that Google Glass will go the way of Bluetooth in which a certain segment of the population will be wearing them, and everyone else around them will think that they’re douchebags for doing so. Needless to say, it should be interesting to see where the world ends up with Google Glass.

 



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Paul Abbey has a Masters Degree in Sexual Health from the University of Sydney in Australia. He has authored several self-help novels and has been a guest speaker in four Continents and many different cities from around the world. At Onlinedatingstats.com, Abbey is the leading authority in human sexuality and he strives to help shape the dating community into a more relevant and understanding place for both men and women.