Does Your Cell Phone Have You ON A LEASH??? (w/ Special Photographs Courtesy of Sepia Prince)
One thing you’ll hear me suggest A LOT on this blog (especially in anything about getting focused and conquering yourself) is eliminating distraction, because distraction and interruption, particularly of the digital kind, rob us of more productivity than just about any other single factor.
What’s interesting is that digital distraction – distraction caused by text messages, twitter updates, email alerts and the like – have us on a leash. Most of us (and I even catch myself sometimes) are attached to our cellphones like one of the slaves Harriet Tubman COULDN’T get to leave the plantation, and don’t even realize how ridiculously absurd this conditioning is.
My good photographer friend Sepia Prince has a great photostream on Flickr about this called Electronic Leashes, and since “an image is worth a thousand words” (an extremely prejudice cliche I as a writer take offense to by the way, but whatever), enjoy the collection below. See if you can pick up on the highly ironic yet semi-depressing state of affairs these kodak moments so accurately portray:
“Electronic Leashes” Photostream Slideshow
Be sure to check out Sepia’s Flickr account for more great pieces, because the brother knows what he’s doing.
Take care of yourself, and remember: you are not a gadget, so next time your phone goes off, LET IT RING…resist the crack-needle-in-the arm, Pavlov-dog response syndrome and focus on the task (or real-life conversation) in front of you.