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Still Ticking: Why Analog Watches Thrive in the Digital Age

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UFL chapter.

Isn’t it funny how something that tells the time can be…timeless?

We live in a crazy world where a tiny device on our wrist can detect our heart rate and how many steps we’ve taken, light up with heart-eyed emoji texts from our significant other (or our parents) and even play our favorite songs.

In this day and age, consumers have numerous options when it comes to timepieces, including a variety of techy options, like the Apple Watch. Come to think of it, the practical concept of a watch is a tad unnecessary – if we really want to know the time, can’t we just check our phones, laptops, tablets or the nearest TV?

Still, the classic analog watch remains a popular choice, even for young adults who have become accustomed to adapting to the latest tech trends. Apps are updated and phone models become obsolete, but there is something to be said about an accessory that has withstood the test of time.

Here’s why I am glad the tried and true wristwatch will never go out of style:

1. A watch reminds us to live in the moment.

The good ‘ol tick-tock (not the Ke$ha kind) serves as a sort of reminder to make the most of our days, but at the same time, reminds us we don’t always have to be in a rush. No matter what happens, the hands of the watch will always keep moving, representing that life moves on, even when it seems like everything is out of control.

2. A watch is the ultimate subtle-yet-chic fashion statement.

Whether it’s plastic or metal, a watch is the perfect way to add a touch of sophistication and fun to your outfit. Looking for a new addition to your collection? Check out Swatch, which makes some of the most innovative watches on the market in nearly any size, pattern and material imaginable. If you’re looking to make a statement, Swatch is the way to go – and the incredible quality (and waterproof design) will not disappoint. For a more traditional option, try Daniel Wellington watches, which sport a more preppy, elegant vibe. These watches are sleek and simplistic, perfect for a professional look.

3. An analog watch is one less screen we have to look at.

Do we really need to text our friends from our wrist? While it’s great to be connected and up-to-date on the latest buzz, it’s also great to not have a piece of technology attached to our arms.

The survival of the watch symbolizes more than a well-loved accessory. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s kind of nice to know that even in a fast-paced society where it seems like everything is constantly changing, not everything is fleeting.

In a way, analog watches offer a sense of reassurance that even in an ever-changing world of new gadgets and new inventions, sometimes, it just feels right to stick with the classics.

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Darcy Schild is a University of Florida junior majoring in journalism. She's the Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus UFL and was previously a Her Campus national section editor. She spent Summer 2017 as an Editorial Intern at HC headquarters in Boston, where she oversaw the "How She Got There" section and wrote and edited feature articles and news blogs. She also helped create the weekly Her Campus Instagram Story series, Informed AF. Follow her on Twitter and on her blog, The Darcy Diaries.