We constantly interrupt our experiences to make a record of them.
Two interesting quotes to reflect on:
“ The selfie makes us accustomed to putting ourselves and those around us “on pause” in order to document our lives. It is an extension of how we have learned to put our conversations “on pause” when we send or receive a text, an image, an email, a call. When you get accustomed to a life of stops and starts, you get less accustomed to reflecting on where you are and what you are thinking.”
"These days, when people are alone, or feel a moment of boredom, they tend to reach for a device."
This may be the only article I’ll post on my Tumblr, which is normally dedicated to images, but it has captured so well the spirit of our times that I could not help it.
I currently live in Hong Kong and everyday I see people on the streets, on the subway, checking their cellphone like it has already become an extension of their arm. This is depressing when you know that the MTR (Hong Kong’s subway) has recently started broadcasting security announcements telling people should look where they are walking to instead of looking at their device.
I hate that it has become the new normal to take out your cell phone whenever you have to wait in line or feel bored or to check your messages in the middle of a conversation. Since when has it become embarrassing to look idle and let your mind wander, since when has it become okay to stop mid-sentence, check your phone, and let the other person wonder whether what he/she is saying is interesting at all?