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…

Pavlov Poke

Once upon a time a man named Ivan Pavlov made a breakthrough in psychology when he discovered the concept of a conditioned reflex.

He had come to learn this concept of conditioned reflex when examining the rates of salivations among dogs. Pavlov had learned then when a bell was rung in subsequent time with food being presented to the dog in consecutive sequences, the dog will initially salivate when the food is presented. The dog will later come to associate the ringing of the bell with the presentation of the food and salivate upon the ringing of the bell. (wikipedia)

Years later Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff decided to use the same concept to help themselves and others hopelessly addicted to email, social networking, or other online distractions.

Their invention? The Pavlov Poke, a keyboard accessory that will surprise you with an electric shock every time you try to go onto Facebook.

This is definitely an art/design project that made me smile.