Yet that's exactly what happened last night when the New York Times published an article originally titled "Could wearable computers be as harmful as cigarettes?", later amended to "The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech".
Nothing. Because no "research" was properly presented, no true experts were quoted, and nothing was done, in good faith, to further knowledge or understanding.
The Apple Watch is going to help many people in many ways. It's going to make the world more accessible for some, and it's going to make lives healthier and more fit for others. The NYT, by picking a narrative to make a story instead of researching facts to present one, is not only failing to inform but is actively disinforming. It's making its readership dumber.
That's the only really frightening thing about it.
For more information on the science behind Apple Watch, iPhone, and health, check out Derek Kessler's essay:
Update: In addition to numerous tech publications calling the article to task, Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times Public Editor has now weighed in as well:
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