Does your partner ignore you for their mobile phone? Does your relationship suffer because of their obsession with technology?
For anyone who’s been following my blog and articles since the very beginning (Bravo to you!) you might remember me writing about how people’s mobile phones is ruining their sex lives and relationships.
Photographer Eric Pickersgill has completed an interesting project called, “Removed.” It’s a photographic series that “explores the way personal devices play a role in society, relationships, and the body.”
Eric Pickersgill explains;
“The impulse was to look at human bodies next to one another and what was that posture and that language, of isolation, while physically touching someone else,” he said. “I was making observations about my life. I’m a photographer who has to make work because that’s how I identify, and that was the thing that was in front of me the most; I couldn’t get away from it, and the project came about from those life experiences.”
I love this series because it really highlights how fragmented and disconnected couples can become with too much technology. Pickersgill explains;
“The joining of people to devices has been rapid and unalterable. The application of the personal device in daily life has made tasks take less time. Far away places and people feel closer than ever before. Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves. In similar ways that photography transformed the lived experience into the photographable, performable, and reproducible experience, personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body. This phantom limb is used as a way of signaling busyness and unapproachability to strangers while existing as an addictive force that promotes the splitting of attention between those who are physically with you and those who are not.”
I wholeheartedly support mindful socialising!
Part of my daily practice of mindfulness is to put my phone away in my bag when I go out and not getting it out. I see too many people out and about but not interacting with their friends or their environment because they’re just staring at their phone.
Mindfulness is about being in the present.
Try putting down your phone in public and noticing everything around you. The wind on your face. The feeling of your feet on the floor. The sounds. The vision. The smells. Leave your phone in your pocket and breathe.
Get in touch today if you’d like to wean yourself off your technology addiction, bring more mindfulness into your life and be closer to your partner.