Smartphones have taken over virtually every aspect of our lives. There isn’t much we can’t accomplish from the comfort of our homes nowadays, from ordering food to managing money to keeping up with our “friends.” If you work online, you don’t even really have to leave your home if you don’t want to. The smartphone has become a powerful tool, but it’s greatly misused.
“A smartphone is an addictive device which traps a soul into a lifeless planet full of lives.” –
Instead of paying attention to the people around us, we often use our smartphones as an escape. Anxiety and depression are increasing rapidly, and many researchers believe the overuse of technology is greatly to blame. We have the world at our fingertips, so it’s easier than ever to compare our lives to others. This comparison game can impact mental health and self-esteem.
Think about what would happen if you had to live without your smartphone for even just a day. How would this impact your life? Would you feel anxious without your phone to turn to during an awkward silence with a friend or while waiting at the doctor’s office? We have used our smartphones as a filler for anything uncomfortable, and this allows us to cover up how we really feel. Smartphone addiction is on the rise as well, with one survey finding that 50% of young people felt that they were addicted to their phones.
Because of our growing addiction to smartphones, US photographer Eric Pickersgill has created “Removed,” a series of photos to show us how engrossed we have become in a virtual reality. Eric removed the smartphones from people’s hands before taking the photos so that they would portray the lost connections and disengagement with our surroundings. The results will probably sadden you, but could perhaps be a good reminder to put the phone down and truly enjoy your family and friends when they’re around.
What would the world be like without smartphones?
There’s nothing like a little screen time to make Christmas tree shopping more fun.
We can’t do much of anything without our smartphones.
Thanksgiving isn’t complete without seeing everyone’s Turkey Day pictures.
We can be in the same room with the closest person to us and still feel lonely.
As you can see, this is a growing problem.
We can’t even relax in nature without our smartphones.
Studies have shown technology use among kids negatively affects development.
Family occasions aren’t the same anymore.
This just married couple can’t even enjoy each other in their special moment.
We hope these photos will encourage you to spend more time with your loved ones instead of escaping into your phone. If you resonated with this article, please share and comment below!