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The Death Of Conversation: I Photograph People Obsessed With Their Smartphones
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The Death Of Conversation: I Photograph People Obsessed With Their Smartphones

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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!

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Babycakes Romero is primarily a street photographer dedicated to documenting the world around him. His daily #MYLDN series (@babycakesromero) highlights the chaotic glory that is London, his hometown. His Death of Conversation series went viral around the world after it was uploaded to Bored Panda.

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babycakes romero

babycakes romero

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Babycakes Romero is primarily a street photographer dedicated to documenting the world around him. His daily #MYLDN series (@babycakesromero) highlights the chaotic glory that is London, his hometown. His Death of Conversation series went viral around the world after it was uploaded to Bored Panda.

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BonitaPerez
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was thinking the exact same thing as I scrolled past....and also corrected my posture as well

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We have to be sincere, how many time we look like we are paying attention and we are really thinking in something else?

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BonitaPerez
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was thinking the exact same thing as I scrolled past....and also corrected my posture as well

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GraceInRainbows
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We have to be sincere, how many time we look like we are paying attention and we are really thinking in something else?

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