If this series of pictures isn’t enough to get you to put your phones down, I don’t know what will.
It’s a struggle most of us as parents experience – how much technology is too much?!? I know that I’m consistently setting boundaries for my kids about how much they can use their phones, video games and how much screen time is too much. But I also notice that I’m often setting a poor example for my kids because my phone is always in my hands. It’s tough for me because my job is to write about what’s trending daily so to not have my phone at my fingertips feels wrong. But then I looked at this photo series titled ‘Removed’ by photographer Eric Pickersgill and it has definitely made me rethink how attached I am to my phone.
Eric created this series of photographs, showing ordinary people doing ordinary things with one small adjustment – he’s edited out the electronic devices in each picture to show us just how attached we are to them. On his website he writes about his inspiration for the project;
Family sitting next to me at Illium café in Troy, NY is so disconnected from one another. Not much talking. Father and two daughters have their own phones out. Mom doesn’t have one or chooses to leave it put away. She stares out the window, sad and alone in the company of her closest family. Dad looks up every so often to announce some obscure piece of info he found online. Twice he goes on about a large fish that was caught. No one replies. I am saddened by the use of technology for interaction in exchange for not interacting. This has never happened before and I doubt we have scratched the surface of the social impact of this new experience. Mom has her phone out now.
Sound familiar to you? I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that this is how a lot of my family interactions go. I know we can’t label all electronic use as bad because this is the future and we must embrace it, but we can’t let it replace actual human interaction. Trust me, I’d much rather give my kid my phone at a restaurant so he can play a game instead of trying to grab everything off the table and ask me 45 times when his food is coming, but I guess it’s all about balance. Take a look at some of these photos that Eric posted as a part of his ‘Removed’ project and let me know if you recognize yourself or your family in any of these? You can see Eric’s entire project on his website here.
Photos by Eric Pickersgill