Can a cell phone really replace your watch?

Four weeks ago my watch battery died at about the same time the watch band broke in half. I figured it was time to get a new watch. But not being able to turn down a techie challenge I decided instead to try a little experiment. I wanted to see how long I could go without a watch.

The reason I wanted to try this is because in Noobie’s cell phone class, I tell the participants that cell phones have actually obsoleted certain consumer products for some people. One such product is the watch. A lot of teenagers these days don’t wear a watch. They don’t see the need for it since they always have their cell phone on them.

Better yet, teenagers will argue that a cell phone makes a better watch since you never have to set the time and it automatically adjusts to different time zones as you cross them.

So my experiment started. For the first few days I must have looked at my naked wrist about 20-30 times per day. But guess what happened after four weeks? Absolutely nothing. I was still looking at my naked wrist about 20-30 times per day.

OK, that was a bit of a setup but my point is that I never did adjust. Honestly, it drove me crazy not having a watch. Sure my cell phone was a better watch but there’s no beating a quick glance at your wrist to see what time it is. It’s just not the same having to dig into your pocket to look at your cell phone. And quite frankly, it’s a lot harder to be discrete when you don’t want anyone to know you are checking the time.

So now if you bump into me on the street and ask me what time it is, I’ll be happy to tell you on my new Timex Ironman watch.