This from The Verge does well at explaining some of the appeal:
"Why are we even working on Glass? We all know that people love to be connected. Families message each other all the time, sports fanatics are checking live scores for their favorite teams. If you’re a frequent traveler you have to stay up to date on flight status or if your gate changes. Technology allows us to connect in that way. A big problem right now are the distractions that technology causes. If you’re a parent — let’s say your child’s performance, watching them do a soccer game or a musical. Often friends will be holding a camera to capture that moment. Guess what? It’s gone. You just missed that amazing game." Isabelle chimes in, "Did you see that Louis C.K. stand up when he was telling parents, ‘your kids are better resolution in real life?’" Everyone laughs, but the point is made.
Human beings have developed a new problem since the advent of the iPhone and the following mobile revolution: no one is paying attention to anything they’re actually doing. Everyone seems to be looking down at something or through something. Those perfect moments watching your favorite band play or your kid’s recital are either being captured via the lens of a device that sits between you and the actual experience, or being interrupted by constant notifications. Pings from the outside world, breaking into what used to be whole, personal moments.
That was fascinating, Mark.
I think anything that can promote basic human interaction can only be a positive thing for the future. It's such a paradox that society relies more and more on devices to have a 'connection' with the world around us. And here I am, right now, 'talking' to you and anyone else who reads my words. None of whom I have physically either met nor spoken to.
My son and I have had many conversations about trying to maintain a balance in his life regarding social interaction, both physically and cyber-speak.
I'm concerned about our current upcoming and future generations when I see a rise in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and basic social skills. I wonder if the art of physical hand-writing and colloquial language will eventually perish.