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. – Eric Pickersgill

I know that I need to create some tech boundaries. I spend way too much time attached to my phone or my iPad that I think it has an impact on my life (i.e. I don’t switch off, I’m answering work emails late at night, I don’t properly engage with people and things around me). And if we’re honest, a lot of us are the same. In fact, it’s a major problem.

This piece of work by Eric Pickersgrill has hit home for me – in fact, read the inspiration for his work here. He took a series of photographs and then removed personal devices from images. As a society, we’re more engrossed in screen time than real time. 

Do you spend too much time glued to your iphone? Or have you found the perfect balance?

Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

22 thoughts on “Removed”

  1. I am terrible with tech these days, it goes everywhere with me. There are some situations where I agree, tech should not be used. The email/message/comment can wait.

  2. I feel guilty now lol. I used to be terrible, but when I’m out with my son my phone stays in my bag unless I’m taking a snap. I have to consciously make sure I don’t use my phone all the time, but it is hard as a blogger.

  3. These pictures are amazing. We could all do with some separation from our phones. I’m so bad for it!
    Kirsty x

  4. Oh wow those photos really do make you think don’t they. I think it’s scary some days when I wonder how much time I spend on my phone. I really need to start with limits I think – it’s just too easy to pick it up

  5. I love this collection a lot! It is a subject I am keen on exploring more on my own blog. Would you mind me sharing this post?

  6. How stunning are these photos ( in a morbid sense of course) and I agree I spend far too much time on my phone. It is like I can’t live without social media for a second. The weekends are more relaxed but during the week I am on it constantly checking for updates.

  7. I am extremely guilty for spending a lot of time on my iPhone and over the past few days I’ve been trying to make a conscience effort to use it last during the day. It’s just far to easy to grab it and have little look, before you know it you’ve been on it half an hour.x

  8. Ohhhh, I saw this on Bored Panda – quite illuminating (and frightening) isn’t it? Really does make you think. x

  9. Wonderful photographs. I spend way too much time on my iPhone, but I can’t stop it. I am constantly glued to it at work, when I am out with friends… Yes, I am embarrased to say I even check mails when I am cuddling in bed with my loved one. I am trying to be better and even to be a few hours without it.

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