LOVE LOVE LOVE … sang the Beatles and… yes indeed, I DO love my Apple Watch.

I’ve only had it since Christmas of last year (thanks Maureen) but I’ve already come down with a real case of WatchTwitterpation. Maybe you’re in the same boat?

The Apple Watch is a fantabulous Dick Tracy Sci-Fi piece of technology strapped to my wrist that connects me both internally and externally to the world. Ain’t Nerd’dom great?

Even more incredible is that the Apple Watch is really in its infancy… there is so much more to come that I can’t wait to see.

My watch:

  • wakes me up in the morning…
  • tells me how well and how long I slept…
  • monitors my heart rate and resting pulse rates while sleeping and running and swimming (without asking, it tells me how fast my swim laps are)…
  • tells me what the weather looks like right now and if it will rain or snow today…
  • measures my blood oxygen levels…
  • takes an ECG readout of my heart…
  • carries music and podcasts and news reports…
  • and in true Dick Tracy style, I can make and answer phone calls while talking at my wrist!

OMG… there’s much more, so much in fact that it – almost… almost – has filled the gap of dearly-departed Olivia Newton-John whom I’ve been *at a far distance, no stalking here, NOPE* Hopelessly Devoted to for… oh… 50’ish years. You held the voice and face of an angel Olivia…

But, dammit all, like so many wonderful things, that old Blessing and the Curse storyline comes into play where technology is concerned.

The Apple Watch is a blessing in my life, but at the same time… I can’t overlook the curse, the dangers, that technology as a general theme has also wrought on our society ie. Social Media..

My infatuation with this wonderful world of technology has simultaneously blinded me to the wave, the tsunami – dare I say, plague – that is upon us.

Social media like Facebook and Twitter (along with many other perhaps less worrisome apps) are transforming the world at a frantically furious and scary pace.

The positive explosion of instant information connected to everything internet has also brought us a cataclysmic bombshell of unknowing, often vile, and willful ignorance and misinformation.

In years gone by, average folks would stand in bemusement in the grocery store checkout line, giggling at the amusing headlines and farcical nonsense of the colourful National Enquirer tabloid magazines and its like.

Now, millions of otherwise intelligent (but certainly not always) people read and absorb similar nonsense in an army of different web-based sites filled with ignorance and avoidance of facts; true journalism as taught in colleges and universities, where fact-checking and close scrutiny to what is printable has dwindled dramatically.

So many today stare at their TV screens watching FOX “news”… or oxymoronic “reality TV”… where nonsensical conspiracy theories capture the hearts and minds of those who choose not to look closely and rationally, either through laziness or confirmation bias.

All of the wondrous stuff that technology promises and delivers is smeared by the accompaniment of 3D print guns… revenge porn… weapons technology that kills and maims from thousands of kilometres distant… cellphones that contribute to the lack of social skills and personal interaction… governments unable to govern…

This all leaves me in a quandary of bewilderment.

I want so badly to believe in the goodness of humankind and the progress that has made the world what it is in so many beautiful ways.

Yet at the same time, I look down at my watch and ponder… if the benefits of this blessing are worth the worrisome curse of the technology virus.

I’m still humming harmonious Beatles love songs, but the genie is out of the bottle and I worry.