Google guiding Glass users on social etiquette while wearing Glass

Google wants Glass to be more social acceptable, so it is advising users how to use the device in public.

Published Wed, Feb 19 2014 5:27 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:18 PM CST

Google is trying to stop people from making Glassholes of themselves in public with its wearable Glass device, so the Mountain View-based giant is now offering a list of "Do's" and "Dont's" of wearing Glass.

Google guiding Glass users on social etiquette while wearing Glass |

Google specifically asks Glass users: "Don't be creepy or rude (aka, a 'Glasshole')". Yes - Google even refers to "Glasshole", something I was quite shocked - but amused - to see. In the list of "Do's", Google wants you to take in the world around you, use Glass' voice commands, and Google wants you to "Ask for permission" while using Glass.

How so? Well, Google explains: "Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends (see Don'ts #4). The Glass camera function is no different from a cell phone so behave as you would with your phone and ask permission before taking photos or videos of others".

Some of the more interesting points come from the "Don'ts" section, where Google doesn't want you to 'Glass-out'. By this, Google says: "Glass was built for short bursts of information and interactions that allow you to quickly get back to doing the other things you love. If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you're probably looking pretty weird to the people around you. So don't read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens".

Google also doesn't recommend that you use Glass doing high-impact sports, or to wear it and expect to be ignored. Glass is something that will grab attention from the public, no matter what. People will be intrigued, so Google wants you expect people walking up and asking you questions. You can read more on Google's Glass advice right here.


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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