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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

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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BrittanyGraham
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7 years ago

Not to mention the neck problems!

BonitaPerez
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7 years ago

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

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MichelleSouza
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7 years ago

Humans are such Lemming tards.

SacdDvda
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7 years ago

I like Lemming tards, especially the ones with Marine Goop on them. Damn auto-correct.

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GraceInRainbows
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7 years ago

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

GuillaumeLombard
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7 years ago

Is there any serious study that proves that people are not talking to each other since the use of smartphone?

ShaiaFahrid
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7 years ago

I don't know, but being somewhat older, and having lived through the years when conversation was an art, I rarely witness it anymore.

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petrkrejcik
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7 years ago

We say that smartphones ruins the conversation. Books are OK? Imagine a book or newspapers instead of a phone. Is there any difference?

RobynScott
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7 years ago

What if everyone were holding books instead?

hitmanhitler
Community Member
7 years ago

then Steve Jobs must responsible for this lol

GraceInRainbows
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7 years ago

This doesn't mean that if you are not paying attention to your cellophone you are going to be paying attention to other or other humans.

Community Member
7 years ago

True, this is not about cellphones, this is about people not communicating with each other, this is about our detachment & self-absorption

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NunzioRaz
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7 years ago

lol!

SebastianPugliese
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7 years ago

http://friendslookingattheirphones.tumblr.com/ :-)

ElwiraStadnik
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7 years ago

Actually he only shows the ugly side of people who use smartphones. The point of view/see depends on what we want to show/see.

KatharineTomlins
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7 years ago

When I am looking at my phone I am communicating with people they just aren't sat next to me, they are all over the planet!

McGigi
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7 years ago

in fact, you photographed people holding their cellphones. a photo which, afterall, immortalizes just a fraction of a second.

RusuDavid
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7 years ago

And in the same fraction so 2 or 3 more people were using their phones at once? I've seen it happen in many places dude, 'tis a bit scary

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breggatedy
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7 years ago

Is there any No Smart Phone Day??

zoniekat54
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7 years ago

I don't know about the sad part. It is what it is. Somehow, I don't think I'm talking less. And I talk to people all over the world.

JenniferFayrer
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7 years ago

It's great you're able to stay in touch with people all over the world. But it's sad that you're sacrificing invaluable f2f communication

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mike atthemike
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4 years ago

Ah, the alien's plan to hypnotize humans is working. They will be easily controlled.

Michel Guntern
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6 years ago

Great documentary.

GianniCongedi
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7 years ago

Subject matter also by the Italian agency Thinko: http://www.thinko.it/blog/uso-eccessivo-smartphone-social-campagna

Frecklebuddy
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7 years ago

Phones are awesome

bassmouse
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7 years ago

Lonelyfication

AndersJanes
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7 years ago

I think more and more people are becoming aware of this issue..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeEdM5tFqYw an amusing video by Ray Gelato !

ShabbirDarbar
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7 years ago

Phones have decreased 1-1 communication... People prefer using their phones rather than talking to people sitting next to them...

isunray
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7 years ago

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isunray
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7 years ago

I produced this music inspired by this article https://soundcloud.com/isunray/stranger-in-a-strangeland-free-download-collab-with-raymon

AngelaGillett
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7 years ago

Find a Toastmasters Club

Mortiferus
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7 years ago

Just look at the people at the bus stop every day... boring evolution

digitfields
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7 years ago

Shit! That's scary! Agree, the dawn of the Smartphone is facilitating our lives. We too need nature, fresh air, human interaction. #nozombie

Pam Trisler
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7 years ago

sad

AndreasMarx
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7 years ago

Fantastic, right on. You know, this is exactly what makes good street photography subject rare these days, very little social interaction.

NicolasQuiroz
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7 years ago

We look like on the movie 'HER' ... Alone, disconnected from reality! Nice pics of our world!

sally_jobo@hotmail.com
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7 years ago

While waiting for the bus to take us to the river we would raft on, no cellphones allowed, so the 20-somethings just sat there,quietly bored

sally_jobo@hotmail.com
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7 years ago

While waiting to take a bus to the river we were going to raft on, no cellphones allowed, so the 20-somethings just sat there looking bored.

AndrejErjavec
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7 years ago

what about Wi-fi free zones, for real relations?

LauraTripp
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7 years ago

You know, one of the earliest lessons my parents ever told me was "Don't talk to strangers."

JohnSweeny
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7 years ago

Did you take these pictures with the camera on your smartphone?

Alecia Chambers
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7 years ago

The author's observation that as we interact with our phones instead of each other, we increase our social pain, spoke the truth to me.

Community Member
7 years ago

Exactly

Mike Mayer
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7 years ago

Typical examples of cell phone obsession, to the exclusion of everything else. A bad sign of the times...

MikeMayer
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7 years ago

Fairly typical examples of device obsession, to the exclusion of everything else. A bad sign of the times...

ShannonHolmes
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7 years ago

Nope. We have an "anti-devise" policy during meals in my home and out to eat. Sure we waste some digital time daily - but are not consumed.

jthorm
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7 years ago

Looks to me like we are all "bowing down" to some kind of god!

jthorm
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7 years ago

It looks like we are all "bowing down" to some kind of god!!

BillStreeter
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7 years ago

In the past in many of these situations people would have been reading a newspaper or a book. Who chats people up on the train?

ThomasSnograss
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7 years ago

Excellent photos and very representative of the diversity of the phone obsessed. PTxS

NunzioRaz
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7 years ago

LOL!

Bryan ONeill
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7 years ago

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BryanONeill
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7 years ago

https://d262ilb51hlt...JJxS4MP2HQ.jpeg

CharleneLaRue
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7 years ago

Phones and computers of any kind are not allowed at any table I am at.

AnnaBadyoczek
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7 years ago

It is very sad...I, personally, refuse to use a smartphone. And in my home there are no phones at the dinner table.

BronwynMerritt
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7 years ago

I always read stuff like this on my phone.

thepanda
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7 years ago

this website is called "bored panda." these people are using their phones. fuck your shitty clickbait

SharlaFelkins
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7 years ago

I feel the pain in these photos... I very often am left alone while in company. The genie is out of the lamp and won't go back until ready:(

TonyMarik
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7 years ago

Don't they (you, we) realize how ridiculous they/you/we look?

LisaGeary
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7 years ago

Agreed!

MichelleJohnson
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7 years ago

accurate, sad...

juanitagreenburg
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7 years ago

I don't see the article as passing judgment. Only an observation and opinion. Smartphones are quick easy entertainment at your fingertips.

juanitagreenburg
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7 years ago

I made a conscious decision that I didn't want to be addicted to my smartphone so I don't use fancy apps or fb. try to live in the moment.

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Janine Hoskins
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7 years ago

Sad thing is...no one notices they are being photographed.

JanineHoskins
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7 years ago

Sad thing is...no one notices they are being photographed.

ErinWilliamsHayes
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7 years ago

Wow...All they had to do was turn to the person next to them and have an actual conversation.....

Karen Fuller
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7 years ago

Pathetic and maddening

KarenFuller
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7 years ago

Pathetic and maddening.

LenQuinn
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7 years ago

Anybody else notice that not one person is smiling in any of the pics? Not even a hint of a smile.

SteveOtto
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7 years ago

Some lady I worked with one day, came in a new hire, spoke to no one except some friend on her cell phone the ENTIRE time she was at the job

SusanPithie
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7 years ago

I think it is the saddest thing ever I love looking people in the eye

JimmySaurage
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7 years ago

While some people may lose conversational skills; others enjoy the peace and quiet in public and not have to hear inane, stupid small talk

EbonyPannell
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7 years ago

People look at me like I'm crazy when I try to give a simple hello. I just thought they were rude. But this makes more sense.

RalphHuntington
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7 years ago

uh, here's your zombie apocalypse...

Community Member
7 years ago

Real life zombies...

DonnaCluney
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7 years ago

You are absolutely correct. It is turning the world, especially the western nations into a brain dead society.

Lisa Bailey
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7 years ago

It speaks to the isolation our soceity lives with every day...so sad

LisaBailey
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7 years ago

It speaks to the isolation that so many live with in our society...very sad

KimberlyPhoenix
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7 years ago

I agree it is a tragic comentary on the times we live in.

DebbieFox
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7 years ago

It hurts my feelings when someone looks at their phone while I'm with them.

Community Member
7 years ago

a lot of people asking if these photos were taken with a phone but they were not. All were taken with a camera, don't own a smartphone...

GinnyBlack
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7 years ago

No one has a smile on their face! When you converse you usually break out in a smile!

Gary Mertz
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7 years ago

I gotta ask. Were these observation captured with a smartphone camera?

GaryMertz
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7 years ago

I gotta ask. Were these observation captured with a smartphone camera?

Community Member
7 years ago

There's no context of how long those shown are looking at their phone or for what reason. This illustrates a problem, but it poses another.

RachelHennessy
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7 years ago

Eh, just because I am reading on my phone doesn't mean that before my phone I wouldn't of been reading a book and not talking to people.

TateEllison
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7 years ago

i wrote a song about this. "you and Iphone"

RussellManning
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7 years ago

As a gent of 72 years of age, reared in the pleasures of conversation, I am still amazed at grocery shoppers on phones, blocking aisles.

JoeP
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7 years ago

The spine /neck condition is called. "kyphosis". It can become permanent, like a "hunchback" and it will lead to permanent lung damage.

JacksonSamuels
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7 years ago

Just walk around the world. You will see that no one speaks to each other anymore. they do this to AVOID conversations. SAD SAD SAD

DianaMarie
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7 years ago

Conversation died when we started listening to radio, watching TV, sending email instead of writing letters or journals. We will adapt.

JasenVinlove
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7 years ago

Good thing you got the idea from Zack Arias and his #De_vice series he did some time ago. #copycat

HeidiKleiber
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7 years ago

I think that being obsessed with what other people are doing, whether it be using their smart phones or not, is the problem.

Paul Vandenbosch
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7 years ago

Soon we will graft in the brain or worse instead Heart ^^^^

PaulVandenbosch
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7 years ago

Soon we will graft in the brain or worse instead Heart ...

JodyLawson
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7 years ago

They are addicted to candy crush & Facebook, me too. I'm trying to stop.

RachelRoberts
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7 years ago

" People reading BoredPanda articles "

Anita Ballack
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7 years ago

Look Up!

DrowningFish
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7 years ago

Anybody else notice the women on the 4th to last picture. She looks like she knows one of my dirty secrets.

NoémieFaligant
Community Member
7 years ago

And those photographies are taken with a camera or a smartphone ?

SharonPeart
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7 years ago

I hope some smart phone use is ok.. I'm almost deaf it helps to chat with someone right beside me.. And text sometimes is the best way..

E11is B
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this photographer is a little obsessed with this one aspect of the humanity. :P

E11isB
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this photographer is a little too obsessed with this one aspect of humanity. :P

BethanyLowe
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7 years ago

It's lonely when you're the one left out of the phone circle while your friends are absorbed in their phones.

Lucia Havrilla Hewitt
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7 years ago

I have a love/hate relationship with technology for this very reason! Fantastic capture of arrested development.

Onion Spirit
Community Member
7 years ago

It's kind of sad how so many people are so obsessed with their phones!

Jean-Pierre FAVRE
Community Member
7 years ago

Nous faut-il dĂ©crĂ©ter la "JournĂ©e des relations humaines" pour nous souvenir comment ont vĂ©cu nos ancĂȘtres jusque dans les 90's?

Jean-PierreFAVRE
Community Member
7 years ago

Nous faut-il dĂ©crĂ©ter la "JournĂ©e des relations humaines" pour nous souvenir comment ont vĂ©cu nos ancĂȘtres jusque dans les 90's?

obrown
Community Member
7 years ago

In the 80s and 90s it took 1 phone call where and when to meet with friends and fam and when u met it was all conversation and having fun.

obrown
Community Member
7 years ago

In the 80s and 90s it took 1 phone call to friends and fam where to meet and when u met it was all conversation and having fun.

PhyllisKohl
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7 years ago

DANIELLE YOU ARE SO RIGHT LOVE GRAMS.

NadejdaReid
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7 years ago

This is so out of con-text. .... :)

AmyHutsko
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7 years ago

Aching necks, bored bystanders, easy targets for sneak attack and muggings, and lots of total disregard for classic things called manners!

Rama-b
Community Member
7 years ago

Also useing your thumbs over doing it . Look up reflexology in your hands and really see why your neck hurts

AmyMehr
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7 years ago

Ironically I'm using my phone to look at these pictures

ColleenNordahl
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7 years ago

People are isolating themselves. We are social beings and it is part of our makeup. Soon people will not know how to communicate verbally.

WagnerRescatado
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7 years ago

http://gmendiastudio.com/212059/2339392/glab/ivida

TonyHiggins
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7 years ago

I see this everywhere. Even my wife does this and it sucks. I try to be close to her but that phone is always in my way

LawrenceMorgan
Community Member
7 years ago

So true

Andrea Salter
Community Member
7 years ago

No phone usage in the house from 4-9 with our family. I want my boys to know how to tall to ppl. This is sad and depresses me.

ShirGallardo
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7 years ago

https://www.facebook.com/8fact/photos/a.121125554748254.1073741828.120709694789840/297984523729022/?type=1&theater

angel
Community Member
7 years ago

I should have been a chiropractort we're all going to need one! JUST SAY N

KateD
Community Member
7 years ago

so sad... posture & common courtesy people!

LisaToney
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7 years ago

Mmmmm what strange creatures humans are....

PedroPacheco
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7 years ago

Just asking. Did you use your smartphone to take the pictures? ;)

JeannetteCona-Larock
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7 years ago

We have a no phone rule at the dinner table and when we go out to eat. Our teens are used to it and we love the time to talk.

loaeao
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7 years ago

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Doctor Mabuse
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7 years ago

Talking about the weather could never compete with portable porn.

DoctorMabuse
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7 years ago

Talking about the weather can never compete with portable porn.

AaronSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

I interact with people this way whether I have a phone in my hand or not.

LetitiaKorompis
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7 years ago

O, yes thats me sometimes


JennKanze-Eaton
Community Member
7 years ago

If I picked up a book and just started reading while out with friends or family it would be considered rude, but somehow this is fine.

Ropeyrhyme Letts
Community Member
7 years ago

I linked a rhyme to this site written after seeing your great pictures. May I use the one of two people sitting in a restaurant?

MichaelVink
Community Member
7 years ago

Similarly, a new psychological condition called liftophonia where cannot stop themselves from tapping a phone every time they're in a Lift

RopeyrhymeLetts
Community Member
7 years ago

As we fly in ever decreasing circles we now live lives in metaphorical plug holes draining away our humanity. Great work

BobbiCraig
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7 years ago

These are snap shots. When my husband and I are on our phones,we share with each other things we find interesting.We're still communicating.

Will Chivers
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7 years ago

Is he taking these photos by staring at his Smartphone?

WillChivers
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7 years ago

Does he takes these photos on his Smartphone?

JackRohde
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7 years ago

I'm 54 and I was alive before the paradigm shift, and I always wonder what's so interesting, and what the heck are they looking up?

Pete Denahy
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7 years ago

I wrote a song about this very thing.......... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGVa1mS4IbU

PeteDenahy
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7 years ago

I wrote a song about this very thing........... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGVa1mS4IbU

ElanJackson
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7 years ago

i already gave up my smartphone months ago

QuentinMacdonald
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7 years ago

I see old couples sit in restaurants silent for hours, with no cellphones. Boring people will always be boring, no phone will change me.

JaimeKaiden
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7 years ago

Is it just me that can see that a lot of these photos were staged or they asked them to pose still? Because I can't see them not noticing...

SteveHobson
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7 years ago

I agree, it does seem boring, although what can we say about people (myself included) who take pictures of such people?!

RachelBlakeley
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7 years ago

SO VERY TRUE.......MY HOUSE IS FULL OF PEOPLE LIKE THIS!

Sonia Arcaro
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7 years ago

my neck hurts.

SoniaArcaro
Community Member
7 years ago

my neck hurts

jackalope
Community Member
7 years ago

A ridiculous evolution in human behavior, all because a handful of rich geeks thought it would be cool and have made a fortune on it.

jackalope
Community Member
7 years ago

It's a ridiculous evolution in human behavior, all because a handful of rich geeks thought it would be cool and have made a fortune on it.

Richard Pronk
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7 years ago

Did you take these pictures with your smartphone? :-)

RichardPronk
Community Member
7 years ago

Did you take these pictures with your smartphone? :-)

DonnaSheffield
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7 years ago

I was at the ontario museum in Toronto in July. Here is all this glorious history all around, and all,I saw was pictures of people that

JeremyDykes
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7 years ago

How 'bout photographing people being judgmental @$$#0les about other people minding their own business?

AdyMiles
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7 years ago

it's just plain rude at the dinner table - they should ban phones at tables in restaurants once the meal has started!

TexHouston
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7 years ago

My friends and I have a tradition now... Whomever answers, plays with, or touches their phone during dinners, pays for dinner.

Virginia78704
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7 years ago

I am only on my phone at home when I am alone. If someone wants my company, I will absolutely give 'em my attention. So call me. ;-)

UrielDana
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7 years ago

Great photo editorial, badly written article.

JoanieFeledy
Community Member
7 years ago

its terribly sad

ChuckBerry
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7 years ago

I miss visiting

LindaStepp
Community Member
7 years ago

Here's a thought; replace the image of the phone with a book. Does that make you feel better?

RipinTandon
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7 years ago

I was worried what if it had my photograph?

FilipVanHoute
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7 years ago

I also wrote a post about it. It's going to be part of a series. You can find it here: http://goo.gl/7M1QWP

ClarenceBoudreau
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7 years ago

Excellent topic and very good photography. I like the black & white retro perspective.

Robyn Scott
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7 years ago

What if in all those pictures people were holding books?

MarkGlomski
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7 years ago

Using smartphone at a dining table is just rude. Otherwise its just like reading a newspaper.

MaxineBaggott
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7 years ago

One of the saddest scenes I saw was a toddler chatting away to mum and immediately her phone rang he stopped mid-sentence.

CharlesJohnson
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7 years ago

We have lost the art of conversation.

SandyButton
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7 years ago

Thankfully I never went there.

TerriGold
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7 years ago

It's a pandemic. What interests me is...how do you walk down a city street reading your phone without crashing into people?

WinstonLake
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7 years ago

The phone isn't the problem. It's the person using it. People make choices about who to talk to, phones don't.

LauraComfort
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7 years ago

Those people not on their phones look so sad. No wonder I'm a loner these days. When everyone else is plugged in, what's left but to think?

JohnD'Isselt
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7 years ago

It seems a bit presumptuous to label someone 'obsessed' with a smartphone because you see them using it.

MikeIrish
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7 years ago

People don't care about other people anymore.

544723d74526f
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7 years ago

I simply have no urge to take my world with me. When I'm out of the house, I am free, no tethers. You Smartphoners are utters tools.

JackieJensen-Cardona
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7 years ago

I love having a smart phone in public and not having to interact with people I really do not want to have interaction with

MaxiStewart
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7 years ago

I have the same experience too. And I totally hate it. Have seen it our company shuttle, the moment our employees sit, mobile addict go.

SheilaTwombly-Johnson
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7 years ago

I think that children are now being ignored by parents always being on their cells. I think its outrageous.

DebbieMason
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7 years ago

I think it is so sad that people do not interact anymore. I have been in situations where everyone is on the phone and I just sit there.

ShaniaSanders
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7 years ago

I think this is sad. I am sixteen and I don't have a telephone. I use the Internet one hour a day and no television. I am proud of it. :)

Steve Austin
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7 years ago

A bunch pf those pics were staged

SteveAustin
Community Member
7 years ago

A bunch of those pics were staged

Shockmaster
Community Member
7 years ago

You've basically photographed random people using their phones. Sick of this arbitrary "technology is ruining personal relations" mindset.

LesleyStowell
Community Member
7 years ago

Smoking is banned in most places, as it is Anti Social, So should phones, and a health hazard to the eyes, and anti social.

TimPeix
Community Member
7 years ago

Seeing this article I can only recommend watching Sherry Turkle's TED talk "Connected, but alone?" http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_al

MitchHubner
Community Member
7 years ago

wow that is so stupid that people are focused on a little machine and thats why people kill now a days

brianabalducci
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7 years ago

This is great, it's actual reality and actually really sad.

LorenzoVitalone
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7 years ago

ciao dall'italia :-) https://www.facebook.com/lorenzo.vitalone/media_set?set=a.10152528796678626.1073741837.528118625&type=1

PamSavage-McNett
Community Member
7 years ago

Profound! I saw myself in these photos. I will never be the same. Thank you.

SobiaIQbal
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7 years ago

Totally agree.Hardly see people having one to one chats any longer.They would rather be distracted with theirs phones.Its reality but sad :(

ElenaSk
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7 years ago

I feel lucky being born in the 80's. Some ppl will never know the joy of playing and having fun with friends...

DeniBell
Community Member
7 years ago

Its sad that people don't really want to engage without gadgets.

Jaz Ayling
Community Member
7 years ago

Dear Mr. Photographer, I am curious to know if you yourself conversed with these people you photographed or did you stay behind your camera?

JazAyling
Community Member
7 years ago

Did you yourself Mr photographer engage in conversation with those people or did you just stay behind your camera?

SebastianPugliese
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7 years ago

http://friendslookingattheirphones.tumblr.com/

tenjitdevSharma
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7 years ago

I think it will be high time, if we do not stop it now... Communication is God's greatest gift, we cannot do away with it like this.

MichaelWorley
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7 years ago

People obsessed with people obsessed with their smartphones. It's likely that whatever is on their smartphone is more interesting.

hitmanhitler
Community Member
7 years ago

Steve Jobs must responsible for this lol

turkeysamwich
Community Member
7 years ago

I do agree that people are on their phones a bit too much, but there are occasions for down time to check our things.

Jah Lana
Community Member
7 years ago

hoping it leads to higher conscience of existence.......hoping. Knowing what the rest of the world is up to is a very exciting thing for us!

DamienValentino
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7 years ago

This can cause a divorce easily!

LionelDunkley
Community Member
7 years ago

Such is the new world life

PietariKruus
Community Member
7 years ago

Also cause of smartphones we aren't having any breaks in our lifes anymore. Every little moment when our brain needs to rest, we smartphone.

Jordy Jubilance
Community Member
7 years ago

I wonder if Babycakes used their smartphone to take these pictures.

Camilo
Community Member
7 years ago

I use this app with my girlfriend when we are having dinner :) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diegodevelopero.putdown

WarrenCrawford
Community Member
7 years ago

The Rise Of The Hunchbacks...

JohannesdeWilde
Community Member
7 years ago

The phones facilitate a larger scheme of turning people into spoiled dumbasses who panic everytime something unwanted happens. To controll $

ManuelMarĂ­aLĂłpez
Community Member
7 years ago

I donÂŽt know. I was watching my cellphone screen meanwhile. Seriously, the pictures are great, they catch the moment but it is not end of w

LanceTacquard
Community Member
7 years ago

After fantasy football, it gets better.

MaitreyaLaridon
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't think mindlessly spouting inane small talk, like many people do, is really an improvement over looking at a smartphone, lol.

ChrisKemp
Community Member
7 years ago

If you HAVE to be on your phone, when you are suppose to be out, enjoying someone's company, why do you bother? Just stay home & text!

Peggy Harrison
Community Member
7 years ago

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2014/10/17/put-away-smartphone-get-free-meal-salvatores/

PeggyHarrison
Community Member
7 years ago

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2014/10/17/put-away-smartphone-get-free-meal-salvatores/ I wish people put them down

WiktorScella
Community Member
7 years ago

21. century..

MahendraNaik
Community Member
7 years ago

This is sheeeeeeear Madness!

DanaHendrix
Community Member
7 years ago

Be present.

Nikki Sherman
Community Member
7 years ago

just all these photos look like situations that before smartphones, there would have been a reason to talk to the other people

RehaNayyar
Community Member
7 years ago

Lets see some hope- in the ninth picture, the couple resting against the tree ,on the side, caught my eye.Isn't that just beautiful!

KhanhNguyenQuoc
Community Member
7 years ago

I prefer classic old phones than smartphones. Whenever I'm out with friends, we use "mouths" to talk, not "fingers" to touch. haha...

marioeugenio
Community Member
7 years ago

Sad so sad...

Amanda Botha
Community Member
7 years ago

Whow!!! What an eye opener. Seeing it from someone else`s lens!!!

AmandaBotha
Community Member
7 years ago

Whow, what an eye opener!!!

Roxana Jhon
Community Member
7 years ago

sad

Maria Smink
Community Member
7 years ago

The human race has forgotten about the right now communication. So worried about what someone might have replied. Live in the moment, FEEL!

NachoTunez
Community Member
7 years ago

Sad...

IldaSantos
Community Member
7 years ago

What a sad reality!

Vicki Bonet
Community Member
7 years ago

This is so depressing - reminds me of lunch with my family!

Camilo
Community Member
7 years ago

Use this ... I use it while having dinner with my girlfriend http://bit.ly/1r6HQrw

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TamiSyahida
Community Member
7 years ago

Yeah. That's true. I experienced that phenomenon this morning. I prefer to play my mobile than chat with people in front of me :D

PatriciaCowling
Community Member
7 years ago

I think cell phones are vile. I hate them, they are annoying and distracting. They are everywhere and inescapable.

MiriamKrekel
Community Member
7 years ago

I miss a photograph of parents with their children in the playground. Watching their phone instead of their offspring.

wanda
Community Member
7 years ago

http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together

SarahReid
Community Member
7 years ago

Those who are in subways & waiting outside to catch a bus or call a cab are completely validated & no one should need validation to use it.

wanda
Community Member
7 years ago

http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together

VirginiaRasenbergerSchmidt
Community Member
7 years ago

Surprised there isn't a pic of me and my ex-boyfriend. He had one of the first cell phones...

Carolyn Edel
Community Member
7 years ago

So very true! My daughter photoed one from a restaurant and posted it on instagram. The young ladies, 3, very not very amused.

JanAmparo
Community Member
7 years ago

I hit a pedestrian with my bike due to her looking down at her phone. She thought she'd make it J-walking on a busy street. I saved her.

odia
Community Member
7 years ago

Most people use smartphones to access social media - funny that an article like this is on a site teeming with share/like buttons.

CharmainePhelps
Community Member
7 years ago

Using phones to avoid interactions with other humans and the environment is perverse and unnatural. It dehumanises and demeans us.

solo_berg
Community Member
7 years ago

Smarphones Antisocial Disorder (SAD) We need to begin a movement against this. Great pictures.

Keren Henninger
Community Member
7 years ago

So pathetic.

befe
Community Member
7 years ago

Funny to see how people find pretext to deny the death of real interaction, sad you leave off reality

AvavAvav
Community Member
7 years ago

This is sad, and the part that u are taking this pictures from a 21st century machine is as sad as well...

Charlotte Powell
Community Member
7 years ago

Sadly I can relate to that last photo...

KirstyJones
Community Member
7 years ago

Well done. I see it everywhere. Its so sad. I find it so boring catching up with some people now as they live on their phone.

Tara Feary
Community Member
7 years ago

I only do this when i really dislike the person and want to avoid conversations with them, but i think its the height of rudeness otherwise

FaizalKamarudin
Community Member
7 years ago

I believe whoever read this post rite now r waiting for their meal to be served with another friend on their right, left, front & back side

Paul Eglinton
Community Member
7 years ago

Zombie Apocalypse

PaulEglinton
Community Member
7 years ago

Zombie Apocalypse

AinePiercer
Community Member
7 years ago

Very interesting. And sad.

Elvia Bonilla
Community Member
7 years ago

ItÂŽs a new type of autism

ElviaBonilla
Community Member
7 years ago

ItÂŽs a new type of autism

AdrianRigby
Community Member
7 years ago

No scientific study needed to prove this theory , look around , try and count how many people you see totally glued to their smartphones .

LanaClow
Community Member
7 years ago

very sad and so true :(

MichelleFreeman
Community Member
7 years ago

I photographed 2 weddings and was amazed how many people were on social media and posting pics of the bride and groom without permission.

Lubna Bu
Community Member
7 years ago

ridiculously ridicoulous....human contact fading away

LubnaBu
Community Member
7 years ago

its ridiculously ridiculous.... human contact fading

SusanPaltauf
Community Member
7 years ago

Pretty sad..

Susan Adams
Community Member
7 years ago

You missed one photo out.The mum with pushchair,looking at phone,not interacting with her child.

KhrisPuckett
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this guy just took my picture!

Eva Falkenblau
Community Member
7 years ago

Before there were sitting with the newspaper....