I encountered an article about "wristbands." A wristband, in my experience, is a skinny plastic envelope thing attached to one's wrist when he is hospitalized. It is an ID device presumably to keep the staff from losing you, or confusing you with someone else. No. THIS ITEM of which I read (and I still have no idea what it is all about) is a very popular device related in some way to something called "apps." This app thing apparently is somehow related to your phone.
I was well-lost at this point, yet it seems this is not the newest thing in this World in Which We Live Today, for it has evidently been around for two or three years. But its popularity is exploding, I guess. If I understand it at all, and don't take any wagers on that, this device keeps track of your activity, prods you when you are sedentary, monitors your sleep habits and your dietary patterns. Probably keeps track of your heart-rate and checks your blood sugar and cholesterol, and buffs your fingernails. Or maybe not. I said I didn't understand it.
I get a total feeling of alienation from the WWWLT1. In fact, I wonder who took us over and why I didn't see it coming. It sneaks up. One gets a computer, which by the way, I am told a PC is a thing of the past. Then one puts his phone in his pocket and carries it with him wherever he goes. Then...
We've been had, folks. You are now paying more for your electronic devices and their support systems than you imagined a few years ago you would ever shell out for an automobile. Add it up. My telephone is a telephone. It has no apps, I do not text. My computer does have a cable feed, as does my tv. The monthly cost for those things alone, and it seems to increase about twice a year, is now over $220 a month. I never ever had a car payment that high. Groceries, yes, groceries cost a lot more than that, but still.
And I have no wristband. That I didn't get at a hospital.2
1As to the WWWLT, while I was preparing this I heard a comment on tv to the effect that "if you don't tweet for six or eight hours, you are irrelevant."
2Okay, I do have a wristwatch with a band. But I don't wear it anymore. Phone, you know.