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Wristwatches On the Verge of Extinction?

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A recent Associated Press story suggests many people are abandoning wristwatches in favor of "multi-task devices." In fact, a survey by Piper Jaffray & Co. found that 2/3 of teenagers never wear a watch. This probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise. After all, nearly everyone has a phone in their pocket these days that automatically synchronizes to the local network. There's no longer any need to worry about pesky details such as time zones, short months and daylight savings time.

Of course, the downside of our newfound reliance on stylish little electronic bricks is that they're far easier to misplace than watches, batteries die within days if not recharged, and they're significantly more expensive. Besides, I find it takes me a few seconds longer to check the time on my phone: First I have to fish the thing out of my pocket, and only then can I tap the button that lights the display. It reminds me a lot of the first generation of LED watches that would only display the time when you poked a button. And they call this progress?

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