A phone is a communications tool.
A phone with a camera is not a celebration. It is a way to record an event.
When do tools become the purpose of our lives rather than the means to achieve purpose? And how many pictures can you look at ever again? (I just emptied over 500 photos out of my phone and saved about 12.)
I believe we are addicted to devices. Smartphones. Tablets. Even desktops and laptops. Maybe if you’re over 50 you have maintained some control over how these devices invade your life. Maybe if you’re under 30 you’ve resisted the global digital jones. But, the digital world is changing our three-dimensional world, and how we interact as human beings.
Where’s the good and where’s the bad in these changes?
The bad for me? When a smart phone is used as a self-referential, narcissistic tool and interferes with in-the-moment, in three-dimensions communication.
The good for me? When tools are used to make important work. Here, actor Benedict Cumberbatch challenges media to make a difference with the tools.
Okay, I sound like a curmudgeon, but do we really need that many photos of ourselves?