As I was checking my usual websites this morning, I came across this story about people not liking iPhones:
Most people either love or hate the iPhone's touch screen, and based on a report on the LA Times, women with long fingernails are among the haters. Why? Well, since the iPhone's touchscreen only responds to electrical charges emitted by your bare fingertips, women with long nails are left out in the cold. A woman interviewed for the article went so far as to suggest Apple was being misogynistic because it did not include a stylus for women and didn't consider womens' fingers and nails when designing the phone.
Uh, no, not necessarily. I've seen the iPhone, and it's cool. But needed? Not really. And my animosity stems less from my nailed (or nailless) state but from the whole "boys-with-toys" ethos. At Thing Two's birthday party this year, there was one iPhone and one iPhoney and the guys flocked around it trying to prove that, well, I'm not sure what they were trying to prove. It's all part of that whole guy-based mentality that I don't quite get.
What I do get is that people with iPhones, Crackberries, etc. are far more likely to spend time on them than with real people - even if real people are in front of them. At far too many meetings I've seen people glance down at their device and then either excuse themselves or deal with the incoming message/URGENT PROBLEM than with the meeting. My thought? Either get rid of the device, or get rid of the meeting. Don't insult us by making it clear that we're less important than what's going on outside.
It goes to my whole "log off/log out/don't always be ON" argument.
And I suspect that the people that have these things are also huge Twits. I'm sorry, but Twitter is yet another way to be less productive and more annoying. Doug's done a long post about Twitiquette, so 'nuf said.