Time to check your smart watch

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Caleb Smithee

Brian Beggs uses his Pebble Smartwatch

As he looks down at his wrist, a tiny bubble with the words “New Message” appears.  He taps the screen and immediately, his latest text message is at his fingertips.  Many students and teachers are using smart watches throughout the day to text, call, track his steps and much more.

“I think smart watches are pretty cool,” Lindale resident Lance Morrow said.  “I really like how they can interact with your other devices.”

Smartwatches are becoming more and more popular as they make things easier for people. They can read text messages to you, allow you to call others, track fitness, and much more. A new benefit to the smartwatch is the flash card apps that allow people to study anywhere from their wrist.

“I think there are pros and cons to the smart watch but I definitely think one disadvantage would be it’s just an added distraction,” English I teacher, Lindsay Kelly said, “I’ve had students tell me that even their phones distract them when they’re trying to concentrate.”

Smart watches are compatible with many apps and a variety of  companies produce smart watches such as Samsung, Apple, Fitbit, Pebble, Misfit, and many more. Smartwatches are becoming more popular and can cost as much as a smartphone.

“One thing that it does is it can check phone notifications,” freshman Alex Alonso said, “So if someone texts me I can immediately see if someone has texted me or called me.  I can use things like Twitter, Instagram, and all that other stuff and it’s really beneficial for heart rate measuring and things like that.”