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January 29, 2008

Fact for the Day: Wristwatches and Cellphones

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Wristwatch sales have been on the decline since 2001. The reason? People have taken to using their cellphones for timekeeping purposes.

A great quote from a commenter at Lifehacker:

I taught 55 students in 3 freshman biology labs last fall, and a couple of the class periods required timing an experiment. Only one student had a watch. I was blown away.

Best, and evidently retro simply because I wear a wristwatch,


posted by Michael at January 29, 2008


So? I use my phone as an egg timer, or a stopwatch as well. Even as an alarm clock.

I always hated how dirty my skin became on hot days, from either the wristwatch, or the strap.

Posted by: ijsbrand on January 29, 2008 5:09 PM

Personally, I have always preferred the pocket watch.

Posted by: Michael Sybarite on January 29, 2008 6:53 PM

Yep, most phones come with a stopwatch feature, and many others. I've been traveling a lot for work lately and use my phone's alarm clock feature frequently. The only thing to bemoan regarding the apparent demise of the wristwatch is the stylish-ness of a good one. And anyway, our Dick Tracy wristphones can only be a few years away.

Posted by: JV on January 29, 2008 9:14 PM

If you don't wear a wristwatch, how can you tell the time while you're in the middle of playing a five minute piano concerto?

Posted by: schtomper on January 30, 2008 12:26 AM

"how can you tell the time while you're in the middle of playing a five minute piano concerto?"

Wouldn't that be 2'30'' after you started playing it?

Posted by: Tim Worstall on January 30, 2008 10:07 AM

My 18 y/o stepdaughter thinks wristwatches are "stupid" - she uses her cell phone to check the time (not that 18 y/o girls worry about stuff like punctuality). When asked however if the "stupid" label included status symbol timepieces like a Rolex or Patek Phillipe, well then...that's different.

Posted by: c.o. jones on January 30, 2008 10:38 AM

Until somebody can strap my cell phone to my wrist, I still wear a watch. You can carry something else in your hands and still check the time. Plus they are cute jewelry! Trying to "dig out" my cell phone every time I want to check the time would annoy.

Posted by: annette on January 30, 2008 2:38 PM

Wristwatches make me itch. I own one for traveling (on a rigid bracelet, which itches less, but I fiddle with it horribly anyway). If I have trouble digging out my phone, I use somebody else's wristwatch. This is also less visible when you're trying to figure out how long a meeting has gone. Slowly this gets less functional, but it still works in Silicon Valley.

Posted by: Elizabeth Z on January 30, 2008 3:43 PM

Adults wear wristwatches.

Posted by: Matt on February 1, 2008 12:26 PM

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