by Arjun Walia |
“I saw how people used it as a social prop, to hide their awkwardness, to fill the silence but as I continued to observe and document this modern phenomena I felt that the devices were actually causing the awkwardness and the silence. They basically allow people to withdraw rather than engage.” (source)
“It originally caught my eye as there was a certain symmetry to these people locked simultaneously yet separately in the same action and it appealed on a visual level, but as I continued I noticed an inherent sadness to the proceedings.” (source)
We decided to share these photos for a few reasons. One was the fact that it reminded us that:
1. We Truly Are Experiencing a Death of Conversation.
Technology has taken over our lives, especially to the point where we have forgotten how to connect with others. It’s used so much that some people have a hard time communicating to others face to face because they just don’t know how. Technology has and is literally replacing social interaction. That’s not to say that social interaction doesn’t happen or occur, and that others are not aware of this.
2. There is Nothing Wrong With Silence. It’s Not Awkward.
We judge the fact that we don’t have “conversations” so much so that complete silence between two individuals is something many are also afraid of. Whether you are having a conversation or not, don’t judge the fact that a conversation is needed or else it will be “awkward.”It shouldn’t be, and there is no point thinking that it is.
Silence, doing nothing, or doing something, conversing or not conversing, all can be done without the need to have your smart phone there. We communicate in more ways than just through conversation, but we’ve forgotten that.
3. The Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation
Dangers associated with cell phone radiation have been well documented and studied. That being said, the generation who grew up with cell phones are now young adults, the results of what seems to be a giant experiment have yet to be seen, and some argue that they are already being seen. You can find more articles and links to specific studies by clicking here.
Cell phones are very valuable devices and they are two wave microwave radios that should not be held directly next to the brain and body. A cell phone is a very weak form of microwave radiation, it’s not as powerful as an oven, but it has a very similar frequency and some of us are using it for thousands of minutes a month right next to our brain.” – Dr Devra Davis of Environmental Health Trust (source)
4. We Have No Privacy
With all of the Edward Snowden, Wikileaks and other documents that are now under public scrutiny, it’s no secret that all smart phone users can be, and are monitored. Documents have shown that intelligence agencies gather billions of cell phone records on a daily basis.
Hopefully these pictures give us all something to think about..
by Arjun Walia