Are You a Glasshole? Take This Quiz to Find Out
Google Glass developer Maximiliano Firtman. Actually a nice guy. (Photo: Reuters)
Just because you wear Google Glass, it doesn’t automatically make you a Glasshole. Right?
Since early versions of the uber-gadget were sold to 8,000 lucky Googletonians last year, there’s been a growing backlash against the $1,500 device and its owners. Most of the controversy surrounds the gadget’s ability to capture photos or videos and then upload them with a few taps of your finger. Many anti-Glassians see them as a symbol of gratuitous affluence or as an intrusion into their personal space.
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Meanwhile, Glass fans are fighting back, claiming that irrational fear of technology—not boorish behavior by Glass wearers—is responsible for the ill will.
Still, if you own Glass or are just thinking about buying a pair when they become widely available later this year, you may want to take this test to make sure you aren’t offending everyone around you. Unless, of course, you really like offending everyone around you.
Ready? Here goes.
1. Have you ever been asked to leave a bar or a restaurant because you were wearing Google Glass?
a. No, because I take them off first.
b. No, because capturing total strangers in various states of inebriation would be rude.
c. Yes, and I posted a Glass video of the whole thing to Google+.
If you answered c, you might be official Google Glass Explorer Sarah Slocum. Last month, Slocum was chased from a bar in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district for wearing Glass, but not before using Glass to capture video of being given the heave-ho and posting it online. Or you could be digital marketer Steven Mautone, who was asked to leave a San Francisco coffee shop recently after he entered wearing Glass. Meanwhile, nightspots in San Francisco, Seattle, and elsewhere have begun banning their use.
2. If you have been bodily removed from a place of business for wearing Glass, how did you describe it afterward?
a. A verbal and physical assault.
b. Yet more raging technophobia.
c. A hate crime.
d. All of the above.
Answer d is Slocum again, making new friends in a Facebook post immediately following the incident and garnering even more media attention. Hey, she may have been thrown out of Molotov’s bar, but at least she landed on CNN.