Photographer documents the death of real-life conversation


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As our smartphones make it easier to connect with people across the globe, they often can make it harder to connect face-to-face.

London-based photographer Babycakes Romero doesn’t own a smartphone. Instead, he treks along in his beloved city, camera in hand, capturing whatever catches his eye. “As a person dedicated to observation, I just feel I would be missing too much of the world around me if I was staring into the palm of my hand the whole time,” he says.

In his photo series, Death of a Conversation, Romero captures people connection with their digital devices rather than with each other — a phenomenon he believes is only creating more pain and social awkwardness to the world. “I saw that smartphones were becoming a barrier to communication in person. I saw how people used it as a social prop, to hide their awkwardness, to fill the silence … they basically allow people to withdraw rather than engage.”

Louis CK – Hilarious – Part 6 – Cell Phones And Flying

A classic:

Now we have this, which is amazing. You have these phone that you can call in a air strike. You can look at the top of your own head. It’s amazing this shit and wasted on the shitiest piece of asshole. I square to gawd. We are the worst people. Because we have this beautiful thing, and we hate it. We are just, “duh nuh.” I have never seen a person going, “Look what my phone can do…” Nobody does that. They all go, “Fu**ing thing grrrrr. sucks….I can’t get it to…”

Give it a second. Would yeah? Could you give it a second. It’s going to space. Can you give it a second? From space. Is this speed of light too slow for you?

The iPhone effect: Social interactions and a constant state of “poly-consciousness”


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“Even when they are not in active use or buzzing, beeping, ringing, or flashing, [digital devices] are representative of people’s wider social network and a portal to an immense compendium of information,” the researchers note. “In their presence, people have the constant urge to seek out information, check for communication, and direct their thoughts to other people and worlds. Their mere presence in a socio-physical milieu, therefore, has the potential to divide consciousness between the proximate and immediate setting and the physically distant and invisible networks and contexts. The permeable and fluid pervasive computing environments of our technological society and the array of behavioral demands they create thus dramatically change the socio-physical context of face-to-face communication. In these permeable and micro-fragmented contexts, we are in a constant state of poly-consciousness in which multiple relationships and settings can be the focus of one’s attention at any given time regardless of location or context.”

The 10 tech commandments to avoid digital shame

An embarrassed woman after a computer error

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  1. Thou shalt clear thy browser history

  2. Thou shalt not mix up thy contacts

  3. Thou shalt double-check that Google search

  4. Thou shalt remember: thy phone doesn’t belong in the toilet

  5. Thou shalt not open that dodgy email

  6. Thou shalt take care on Facebook

  7. Thou shalt reply all at thy peril

  8. Thou shalt turn off autocorrect

  9. Thou shalt not throw hardware across the room

  10. Thou shalt not print weird things on thy work printer