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This Chilling Photo Series Reveals Our Addiction To Smart Phones

This Chilling Photo Series Reveals Our Addiction To Smart Phones image

This Chilling Photo Series Reveals Our Addiction To Smart Phones

Eric Pickersgill's thought-provoking series Removed perfectly captures the role digital devices now play in our lives. In an age of hyper-connectivity, we're constantly in conversation with people elsewhere and typically expected to be available at all times. The result of all this means we're often looking at our phones rather then the people around us.

In Pickersgill's series, he captures the eeriness of our digital addiction by removing the devices his subjects were looking at. Instead of staring at a screen, the subjects are blankly staring at their hands. To achieve this bizarre effect, Pickersgill would ask friends and strangers to put their phones away and resume their pose as if still looking at their device.

The inspiration for the series came during a meal at a New York Cafe.

“Family sitting next to me at Illium café in Troy, NY is so disconnected from one another,” Pickersgill writes in his notes from that day. “Not much talking. Father and two daughters have their own phones out. Mom doesn’t have one or chooses to leave it put away. She stares out the window, sad and alone in the company of her closest family. Dad looks up every so often to announce some obscure piece of info he found online.”

The eeriest part of this series is how realistic it truly is. We can all relate to these situations and even Pickersgill admits to being a phone addict. This constant connection can't be healthy.

As time goes on, do you think society will become more hyper-connected? Or could this be a tipping point in our culture where people decide to disconnect a little more?

Via SUfunk

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