Removed

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Removed is an awesome project by photographer Eric Pickersgill who was inspired to do the series after observing a family sitting next to him in a cafe. Here is what he wrote about his observation:

“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.”

If you or someone you know has a cell phone addiction problem please call 1-800-Put-your-dang-cell-phone-down-and-live-life-instead-and-pay-attention-to-your-friends-and-family-and-God-Yes-we-know-it’s-a-long-number-for-those-with-short-attention-spans-caused-by-cell-phones-and-other-technologies-but-you-can-do-it-You-need-to-do-it-Thank-you-have-a-great-day-You-will-receive-a-text-message-shortly-on-how-to-survive-without-a-cell-phone-Just-Kidding-that’s-impossible-but-we-can-help-you-use-it-less-at-least-Mic-Drop…

The Light Phone, your phone away from phone

A credit card-sized cell phone designed to be used as little as possible. The Light Phone is your phone away from phone.

The Light Phone is a credit card-sized cell phone that was actually designed to be used as little as possible. The Light Phone dubs itself your phone away from phone, helping you disconnect and enjoy the day free of distractions while still never missing a call from mom.

In the creators own words:

The Light Phone is a discreet credit card sized mobile phone designed to be used as little as possible. It works as a stand alone device or it can get calls forwarded from your existing phone number via an app. Other features are limited to ten speed dials and a time display. Light works independently of your carrier as an inexpensive, pre-paid phone. We are also going to offer the phone with an affordable unlimited plan.

Get your life back and pre-order The Light Phone

Facebook Safety Check

Facebook Safety Check is an easy way to stay connected with friends and loved ones during a disaster. If you’re near a natural disaster, you can tell friends if you’re safe and check to see if they’re safe, too. Here’s what Zuckerberg said about the launch.

“Today we announced the launch of Safety Check on Facebook.

Over the last few years there have been many disasters and crises where people have turned to the Internet for help. Each time, we see people use Facebook to check on their loved ones and see if they’re safe. Connecting with people is always valuable, but these are the moments when it matters most.

Safety Check is our way of helping our community during natural disasters and gives you an easy and simple way to say you’re safe and check on all your friends and family in one place.

It’s meaningful to be in Tokyo to announce this because the great earthquake and tsunami a few years ago inspired us to build the first version of this for Japan. Now we’re glad to have this ready to serve everyone in the world.”

Get more details here.

LOOK UP

‘Look Up’ – is  a spoken word film for an online generation. (Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.)

“Look Up, is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.”

Amen to that.

Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.

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