Google Glass Do’s and Don’ts

By Jacob Carter, Staff Writer
@jacobca1995

Is she smiling at you or taking your photo?/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Ted Eytan

Is she smiling at you or taking your photo?/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Ted Eytan

Google has recently released a list of etiquette tips in regards to their new device, Glass. Although the product is still in its infancy stages on the consumer market, the document comes in response to its public criticism as well as the numerous bans that have been imposed on it.

Among its many functions, the futuristic eye-wear allows the operator to engage in discrete, hands-free photography and video shooting. So it comes to little surprise that cinemas and strip clubs have gone on the defensive. Potential piracy and amateur pornography aside, though, most of the backlash against the device is focused on user-creepiness.

As far as I can tell, a Glass-wearer would look potentially insane to an outside observer. The awkward headgear looks like frame-less eyeglasses, and they are operated through voice command.

Now imagine you’re at a party. You’re having a great time hanging out with friends, and then you notice an apparent psychopath talking to himself in the corner. To add to your discomfort, you learn that he is also taking pictures of you without your knowledge.

Creepy right? Luckily Google’s list of do’s and don’ts is there to prevent you any further uneasiness.

The first thing for Glass-users (or as Google puts it, Glass explorers) to know is that other people can see them. As the organization notes, it is fine to use the device for short activities such as looking up information or taking photos, but don’t seize the opportunity to complete a long-winded endeavor like reading Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” This will only result in others perceiving you to be staring off into space for hours on end.

And, if a user does decide to take photos at a party, it would be polite for him or her to ask for each person’s permission beforehand. It’s important to remember that voyeurism is still an act that is frowned upon in our society.

Google is not attempting to embody an authoritarian presence by releasing this list. They want their explorers to examine the world around them and take part in an interactive experience. They just want them to do so within reason.

As the organization so perfectly expressed: “enjoy Glass, just don’t be a ‘Glasshole’.”

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