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Guy photographs people on their smartphones and ‘The Death of Conversation’

Before mobile phones were invented, people would have had no choice but to interact.

I came across this photography series recently, and I see it more than just a thought-provoking piece of art; it’s a wake-up call.

From Babycakes Romero:

I don’t have a problem with portable tech specifically, because our devices facilitate our lives, but I believe it is making people seriously dull…

I started to photograph people in company on their phones as there was a certain symmetry to them and it appealed on a visual level, but as I continued I noticed an inherent sadness to the proceedings.

Before mobile phones were invented, people would have had no choice but to interact. However, that is no longer necessary as we can all now “pretend” we are doing something “important” on our devices rather than think of something to say. This is killing conversation. I believe it’s increasing social pain.

Most people used to use cigarettes as a social prop. Admittedly, they’re bad for your health, but at least they didn’t turn people into ‘plugged in’ bores. Together we must be strong and release ourselves from the shackles of smartphones and bring face-to-face chat back!

Look:

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4 Comments

  1. Asher Frost

    October 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm

  2. Sam Golanski

    October 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    the most boring photography project I seen in long time and in black and white, bad quality of photos, not even edited properly, this kind of a crap you can do in 30 minutes walk around any places in the world…so what

  3. halabuda

    October 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

    While I mostly agree with the sentiment of this post I feel that it is missing an important distinction. The devices themselves aren’t making people dull, but instead are enabling inherently dull people to maximize their dullness.

  4. danielwalldammit

    December 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    It is strange that people would choose to be with some folks and yet choose to talk to others. The pattern seems pretty damned strong in modern circles.

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