Matthew Steeples suggests the ‘mobile generation’ should consider the effects of the menace they are beholden to
In a week when a baby dolphin was killed by selfish individuals desperate to get selfies with it, one is reminded of how dependent and dominated our lives have become by mobile phones in general and smartphones in particular.
As someone who prefers to use an ancient handset simply to receive the odd telephone call (and not text or take photos), I find it sad when professional photographers tell me the press now use the public’s Instagram pictures instead of purchasing professionally taken images from them. It is lamentable also that couples at dinner in restaurants text one another rather than interact with one and another and the images shared here – taken from the Facebook page of a sportsperson named Alon Gabbay – illustrate a selection of these and other negative effects of how the mobile has changed the way things are done.
It is time that the ‘mobile generation’ considered the etiquette of using their devices and whilst mobile telephones most definitely have many good uses, it is time we all realised that there’s also times to switch them off. It’s really that simple.
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