A mechanical watch, though a technological marvel, is now considered almost extinct thanks (or no thanks) in part of the coming of smartphones.
Why do people wear wristwatches? Well, there are actually a lot of different reasons. There are some people that have been accustomed to wearing one, although the younger generation sees no value in wearing one other than telling the time.
True enough, in a recent survey, only 40 million Americans bought wristwatches last year which is a far cry from the 55 million in 2014. Having said that, the main reason why there is a stark decline in watch sales is due to the proliferation and affordability of smartphones.
Why Smartphones Are the Bane of Wristwatches
Smartphones were not a huge thing back in the day. Wristwatches were the de-facto standard when it comes to timekeeping and a lot of people seem to think that way. However, ever since smartphones came, it took the world by storm.
Aside from telling the time, smartphones are able to let you do a lot of different things. You can play games with it, you can check your email, or you can even browse the internet, among many other things.
True enough, those features have prompted people to stay away from wristwatches and instead, invest only in smartphones.
Why Wristwatches Are Making a Huge Comeback
While it is true that smartphones can tell the time and more, wristwatches are going to make a huge comeback. Let me explain.
Smartphones, although convenient in their own way, can prove to be quite distracting. Instead of becoming more productive by giving you a variety of features, people usually use the device for things other than productive ones.
People utilize their phones as a means of communicating with other people but talking about nonsense most of the time.
A watch, though simple as it may be, may prove to be much more useful. It is not distracting and it helps tell the time in the most accurate way possible.
Furthermore, it is socially unacceptable to be carrying your smartphone with you while you are talking to other people. That is even more so if you are also using your phone while there are still some people that are talking to you.
Another good reason why wristwatches are coming back is that smartphones tend to get stolen or be lost beyond belief.
A wristwatch cannot be stolen aside from the fact that you are giving it to a robber, that is. Whereas a smartphone not only has the propensity of being misplaced but it is also even more appealing to snatchers as well.
Lastly, a watch can elevate your looks. A good looking timepiece is one of the only acceptable accessories that a man can wear and not donning one will just make a person look incomplete. I am pretty sure that you cannot wear your smartphone on your sleeve.
So there you have it, although smartphones are one of the reasons why people do not buy wristwatches anymore, the latter is not going to be extinct anytime soon.