Google has released a new video previewing Google Glass, the Internet is abuzz with excitement over its pending release.  While the concept seems interesting and futuristic for sure, I am not as excited about it.  Also, let me say that I am big fan of Google products, just not this.

The main reason that I am not excited about Google Glass, is something we have all heard before, the lessening of real social interactions in our society.  But I believe the potential for this is especially true with Google Glass.  It already seems to be a problem with people who wear bluetooth headsets, and Google Glass could just make the problem more widespread because of its “coolness factor”.  

While some of the features of the device seem very useful, a majority of them seem like they will distract you from the real world and have you talking to yourself instead of talking to others.  With what I saw from the video, people wearing Google Glass are kind of shutting themselves off to the outside world.  What I mean by this is the “bluetooth effect”. People in real life might be unsure if they are interacting with them or if that person is just giving commands to their Google Glasses.   

I do see some uses for the Google Glass, just not everyday use.  I view it more as a novelty product though it will likely be a huge success.I hope that I don’t come off as a grumpy person who hates new technology, because I really don’t.  I will however leave you with a few questions:  With people continuously sharing videos and pictures of everything they see, will future generations even know how to describe events with just their words?  Will people know how to converse without carefully planning each word with the help of a device? And what are your thoughts on the potential social impact of Google Glass?

Jake Szemanski is a Business Marketing and Management major from Penn State-Beaver Campus, which is located 40 minutes north of his hometown of Pittsburgh. He hopes to one day work in marketing or public relations for a major firm in the United States, preferably Lego.


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