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Smart watches are the stupidest invention ever. It needs charging more frequently than regular watches. Worse, it is a surveillance nightmare sending more intimate details about how you function to the cloud.

I still don't understand why people buy this thing.

@ashwinvis It's jewelry for men, basically.

You can make people buy the stupidest things (like cigarettes) if you can only persuade them that they signify status.

@ashwinvis I own one that I feel is a counterargument to that: it's a analogue Kronaby smartwatch that runs on batteries for years and only does one thing: vibrates to notify me of things that happen on my phone that I have specifically chosen to be notified about.

@jaranta That sounds less intrusive. Good for you. The privacy policy is not very comforting though.

kronaby.com/gb/content/29-gb-a

Contains the usual: "sleep analysis", "geolocation", "we may share your data, if necessary, with a third party". Are you sure that is all it does?

Another problem I have about smartwatches is the device is dead if the company shuts down the product or discontinues.

@ashwinvis I share those worries and read the privacy policy before choosing the watch. It does mention they will ask for specific consent for that data, and they only share data when necessary to provide services.

As far as I can tell, the app I have controlling the watch doesn't require continued server connection, so it would work even the company shuts down. (In the worst case, if that would not be true, I would still have a working watch.)

@ashwinvis I mean, the watch *could* do other stuff if I connected it to other services; I simply don't do that.

@ashwinvis Exactly my thoughts when I switched from a mobile phone to a smartphone 😭

@ashwinvis They are providing "cool" features and most people don't have any clue why surveillance is a bad thing.

@ashwinvis Easy: Reduction of screen time/flashing the phone from the pocket. Notifications pop up on the watch and I can decide if I need to react immediately or later, and for small applications like setting a timer for cooking potatoes I don't need my phone at all. 💁

@Aarkon Yes, a completely opensource, secure and serverless watch would be good. Some day.

@ashwinvis Convenience. Notifications, declining calls, various utilities on your wrist instead of in your pocket.

Also "jewlery for men", but I'm not convinced it's a big factor. Companies *try* to design these watches to look stylish, but normies generally don't like conspicuous display of tech, so I'm not sure if they're succeeding.

Disclaimer: I own a Pebble; arguably the last smartwatch that wasn't shit. And it somewhat predates the ridiculousness of modern surveillance capitalism.

@ashwinvis I have one because I like tracking my sleep, mostly.

It would be 1000 times better if it was just between my watch and my phone or computer without going through some company's servers. But I've learned over time to give less weight to privacy and more to functionality.

@ashwinvis I bought mine because I wanted an interesting new toy, they were on sale, and a friend of mine who had one liked his a lot and talked it up to me.

There! Now you understand why a person bought this thing. Glad I could help.

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