After several sports posts, now for something completely different!
I found this post that someone shared on Facebook today and found it a striking indictment of the device-savvy culture we have today.
A photographer named Eric Pickersgill had an eye opening experience in a coffee shop in New York. A family was sitting there and everyone had their phones out except the mother. She just sat looking out the window, feeling so alone with her closest family zoning out and becoming engrossed by their devices. Take a look at the full project on his website.
It’s saddening to think that people can be that close in proximity and yet that far apart in their own worlds. I can’t help but think of all the times I’ve done that. It’s rather commonplace now a days. We have the ability to access games, information, text messages, and social media forums that didn’t exist years ago. It’s remarkable to think of all the ways we can connect with people on other sides of the world now that we could do before. We can learn so much more at the drop of a hat than was previously possible, just by pulling out our phones and typing into our Google search bars the question we have. And yet we are very far apart from each other. How frequently do we see people gazing into the wonder of our cell phones at the expense of everything else in the world?
I see this as a problem. Admittedly, I am a serious offender as well. I get absorbed into it, and while there are many good things to be learned from the Internet sitting in your pocket, it’s not the whole world. It serves as an easy distraction for a society that has forgotten how to interact with the world at large, and with others as true individuals. I’m trying to work on this, and I’ll continue to improve as time goes on. It’s not fun being a phone addict; it pulls you out of the real world and into a confined space the size of your hand.