Photographer Perfectly Captures Current Smartphone Dystopia

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Photographer Perfectly Captures Current Smartphone Dystopia

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Smartphones have made our lives easier in more ways than one, and we can’t deny that. Through our phone devices, we connect to the internet and gain access to all information literally at our fingertips. We can get new recipes just right before we start planning for lunch, know if we are sick and what type of diseases we might have based on the symptoms we currently have, and connect with our loved ones, friends, families, and even strangers from across the seas. Heck, we can even know what the weather is going to be like just by asking the AI in our smartphone.

But what is the toll for having such a convenient life? Ironically, the very thing that is connecting us to people around the world has also made us feel more distant with those who are physically close to us. We tend to forget a lot of things because we are too preoccupied with whatever it is we’re doing in our phones, and we can get lost even in familiar territories if the map application on our smartphone is not working.

Indeed, physical human interaction has been reduced quite shockingly in favor of constant attention to a virtual dimension working non-stop to satisfy our digital cravings.

Photographer Eric Pickersgill sees it all from an outsider’s perspective, capturing what has become of our world ever since our lives have become enslaved by our smartphones. He shows what has happened to people who are so preoccupied with their gadget, not by focusing on the smartphone but actually taking the device out of the picture, literally.

Here are some of Pickersgill’s photos that show the sad reality of the modern world we live in.

 

Photo by Eric Pickersgill via QZ

 

Wake up

Gone are the days of waking up next to your partner with their face being the first thing you see. Then, if you’re lucky enough, you could quietly wake them up and maybe cuddle for a bit before getting up to prepare breakfast and suit up for work. Now, even if you lie next to each other, the first thing you do is to wake your phone up and see if you have emails from your boss or new private messages or notifications on Facebook. Worse, your partner is doing the same thing.

 

Photo by Eric Pickersgill via QZ

 

Squad goals

Coming over to a friend’s house as a group sounds like a fun idea. You get to eat anything from the fridge, watch television or a movie together, or share some gossips, or maybe all at once. But that was before because the value of friendship today is determined by how often you’d chat with other people on social media and how often you’d interact with each other in tweets and/or posts. Today, coming over to a friend’s house may just mean sharing the Wi-Fi with your buddies because we can no longer communicate without our network-connected smartphones.

 

Photo by Eric Pickersgill via QZ

 

Pretend cuddling

Like the first example, this shows how intimacy is nothing but a superficial concept nowadays. Who needs cuddling and kissing when you could just send your partner a thousand heart emojis with a kissing face to make it even cuter? Pretty sure your significant other sitting right next to you, or on top of you, is going to appreciate that and think that that’s all it takes to prove how much you love them.

 

Photo by Eric Pickersgill via QZ

 

Kids nowadays

Children used to love playing outside and getting dirty and ragged before coming back home where a hot shower and meal are waiting. They used to reek of sweat that was the result of having fun of the physical kind. Now, we don’t see many kids going to the park to run around with a toy in hand, hang on monkey bars, slide down, or swing because they can’t be bothered to go out of the house as their eyes are fixed on video games and their hands busy mashing digital buttons.

 

Photo by Eric Pickersgill via QZ

 

Party pooper

A party at the backyard is supposed to be a get-together for family or friends where someone sets up the table while another grills some juicy steak. But we’re not really coming together nowadays because even though there’s grilling and food at the backyard, we are still preoccupied with our smartphones. While the steak has been cooked, it’s probably not going to be touched until everyone has taken a picture of it to be uploaded on Instagram with some hashtag that says #family or #gettogether.

 

Photo by Eric Pickersgill via QZ

 

Where’s the attention?

Here, we can clearly see how the smartphone epidemic has affected even those who don’t use it as much. They may want to bond with you, but if you’re busy checking out your social media account or looking at an online catalog, they will just feel left out and ignored. We can’t help but feel sorry for the person who is not being prioritized but is instead replaced by a device of finite value.

 

Photo by Eric Pickersgill via QZ

 

At the dinner table

Perhaps the most heartbreaking of Pickersgill’s photographs is this one that shows how a smartphone has invaded our families and broken the bond that connects each member. Eating together at the table should be the most valuable thing a family does because it is where everyone shares a piece of themselves by telling each other stories. Sadly, we only share stories on Facebook and Instagram today.

 

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