Slave to the Phone

In London’s Neal’s Yard yesterday at lunchtime it became quite busy, and the world and his wife were in thrall to their phones…. the modern urban landscape.

I took a number of images of individuals using their phones, but here we have two or more people in shot glued to a phone or two – whatever did people do before we had the darned things???

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28 comments

  1. Last month my much loved Nokia (12 years old) gave up the ghost. Yesterday I reluctantly signed up for a Smart Phone. I hope I don’t become one of these sad people!

  2. Someone walked full-tilt into me on Dereham High Street this afternoon. Of course, she was looking at her phone, and didn’t even have the grace to look up from it and apologise.
    Definitely a modern ‘curse’!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. This has to change – it is a pain and a distraction hanging onto them. I imagine us all walking round with Bell Star helmets with heads up displays 🙂

  4. Whatever did we do before we had them? Answer- Interacted.

  5. I don’t have a proper smart phone but I suspect I am going to have to get one soon. I don’t have a smart TV either! And I almost never take my phone out with me unless I need it to communicate with someone about meeting them. I suppose you have to consider that people use these phones for multiple purposes such as a camera, to play music, text, look up stuff and even phone people! The only time I use one when out of the house is in a café to check my WP blogs!

  6. Whatever is the future going to be like. Smartphones have their place, I suppose, but are no replacement for being, really being with each one. Sad.

  7. This makes me so sad. I take my phone with me all the time just in case of photos, but I try really hard not to be on it all the time (and certainly now when I’m driving or walking.) It makes me sad to see moms walking their children in strollers and paying attention only to their phones or people sitting “together” at a coffee shop or elsewhere, all the time on their phones.

    janet

    • Sue

      “people sitting “together” at a coffee shop or elsewhere, all the time on their phones” just loses me, Janet…why? I took these images to illustrate the total prevalence of phones, to me it makes scary looking…and the other day, a mum with toddler and phone jaywalked across the road…..aargh what ARE they thinking??

  8. Here we commonly see families eating out with each member on a separate phone. I think they miss the idea of eating together as strengthening family ties.

  9. It a sad indeed. I recently read a report about young mothers in the maternity wards spending more time with their phones than with their newborn babies.

  10. Someone said the mobile phone is the new Newspaper?

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