I‘ll admit it: I check my smartphone compulsively. And the more I use it, the more often the urge to look at it hits me.
I just can’t help myself, but at least I can take some comfort, knowing I am not alone in this. According to studies, 65% of American adults use social networking websites, and for most of us our phones are the first thing we see when we wake up and the last thing we see before going to sleep. The digital pandemic has become so severe that it is almost more common to see a person looking at their phone as you pass them by on the street than it is to actually make eye contact or share a smile with them.
To portray just how significant this physical disconnect has become, photographer Eric Pickersgill has released a series of photos from everyday life with one minor adjustment: all electronic devices have been removed.
The project, which he named “titled Removed”, was inspired and initiated by an observation he made one morning while sitting in a local café:
For those who already spend a substantial portion of their day away from phones and tablets, let these photos further enforce this healthy habit within you. Be the one who stays present in the moment and challenge yourself to remind others how wonderful it can be.