A Photographer Removes Phones from His Photos to Show How Dangerously Addicted We’ve Become


The project “Removed” by an American photographer Eric Pickersgill aims to show our addiction to modern technology, social media, and hyper-connectivity. Knowing himself among the addicted,Pickersgill photoshopped away the smartphones and digital devices from his portraits of everyday life. He was inspired by a chance in a NY café and he describes the incident 


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 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.

Pickersgill took this great photos by asking stingers and friends to remain in position, taking the shoot and removing the devices in final photoshopped pictures.

Scroll down and checkout the eye-opening photos on social media addiction below.

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Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves

The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

People who smile while they are alone used to be called insane, until we invented smartphones and social media.― Mokokoma Mokhonoana



Live with technology, not through technology.― Abhijit Naskar

If an innovation doesn't solve a problem, it's an innovation that you can live without.― Abhijit Naskar

Technology was supposed to be the help in life, instead it has become the major driving force behind life.― Abhijit Naskar


Every social association that is not face-to-face is injurious to your health― Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Life without a phone is riskier, lonelier, more vivid.― Eloisa James



Technology is a queer thing. It brings you gifts with one hand, and stabs you in the back with the other. ― C.P. Snow


Old robots are becoming more human and young humans are becoming more like robots.― Lorin Morgan-Richards


More than 80% of Millennials sleep with their cell phones (as compared to only a third of Boomers); More than half check them in the middle of the night. A third send over 35 text messages after having gone to bed. For digital natives, life is lived mediated.― Julie Albright

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. - Bill Gates


Technology is cool, but you've got to use it as opposed to letting it use you. - Prince



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