The trailer for Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen shows Sam moving into a dorm and flirting with a Bluetooth-using Mikaela about the webcam he got so they can "chat like 24/7." It's a cute scene, but I can't help but think about how unnatural both technologies are to use. Many states have adopted hands free laws, which require cell users to use a Bluetooth or hands free device when driving (just ask Tinseltown celebs who stay connected via a headset), but there's no getting around the funny feeling of sticking a device on your ear when trying to connect with someone. And then there's video chat. Most of you admit you've used video chat before, but it's not exactly a natural experience. As soon as I receive a request to video chat I wonder if I have salad in my teeth or if my hair looks a mess. They are great technologies, but boy are they strange to use. Which communication tool do you think is more awkward?
Jun 6 2009