Lost in a Smartphone World — In Defense of “Technophobes”

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I’m sure this has become a bit of a common scene for a lot of us nowadays.

I go outside, I see people constantly staring at their smartphones. On buses or trains, I see people furiously tapping away on Facebook or watching a video or two on YouTube. In restaurants, groups of friends would be on some sort of social media app, communicating there instead of with each other. Of course, this doesn’t apply to every single person. But just from mere observation, there’s a large portion of people doing it and the number has been increasing day by day.

I think we should be worried.

Artist Jean Jullien depicts in a number of digital works that are available on his website (you’ll need to scroll through all his posts to find them)┬áthis growing reliance on technology and how it’s causing an ironic “disconnect”. A few of these images have been compiled into a Tumblr post┬áthat’s been circulating around, which of course attracted the attention of some who defended the behavior.

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