Smartphones are ego machines. As soon as you start using one, you become the center of the universe.
The other people at the coffeeshop don’t matter, YOU are talking on the phone.
The other pedestrians don’t matter, YOU are looking at Google Maps.
The other audience members don’t matter, YOU received a text message.
Opposing viewpoints don’t matter, the people you follow on social media agree with YOU.
When someone puts their phone on the table at a meal, it is a challenge: “Are you more interesting than this device that is all about me?”
Notice what happens when someone puts in their headphones. They immediately lose the ability to notice when someone is behind them or trying to pass them. We wear blinders (deafers?) 24/7 now.
We’ve lost all sense of community, pluralism, and “we are in this together” since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 and it’s not a coincidence.
These are not iPhones. These are iMeMyPhones