A World Without Smartphones

Could you separate from your phone for more than 5 minutes? These pictures might make you try.

“We’d all look pretty weird to someone who stepped out of a time machine from, oh, any era before the 1990s. Imagine it: The person would be accustomed to people sitting idly, staring into space, or paying attention to where they’re walking, rather than keeping their eyes constantly glued to handheld computers. Weird!

To demonstrate our overall fixation on our smartphones, photographer Eric Pickersgill snapped a series of shots that he calls “Removed.” The pics show people as they’d look if their phones were invisible or suddenly vanished — staring into their empty hands while ignoring the world around them.”

To see the pictures, click here.