Our phones, ourselves

Remember when people made fun of Japanese tourists who seemed to experience life through the viewfinder of their oversized camcorders?

The viral video of Rick Springfield singing in a New York subway confirms we have assimiliated.

  • Robert Moffitt

    At last night’s movie, I couldn’t help but notice how many people were hunched over their phones, snapping photos, etc. before the show.

    Now doubt they were following the NewsCut live-blogging of the debate.(g)

    Me? I left mine at home. I don’t want or need to be “plugged in” 24/7.

  • Jim Shapiro

    The most unfortunate aspect of cell phone camera addiction is that feeling compelled to digitally capture an event,

    it’s too easy to lose the value of simply being present in the moment.

    I wouldn’t own a smartphone if you paid me to.

    Death to the Borg!

    Luddites of the world, unite!


  • Jeff

    I’m always amazed at how many people will spend money to go to a concert and then spend so much of their time with their phone up in the air, blocking the view of the people behind them, recording the show. Don’t they know that they can experience the show more completely by watching it directly, not through their phone, and that they can almost certainly find a video of the same performer on YouTube?

  • essjayok

    One thing I’ve noticed about life is that sometimes the strangest things are extremely pivotal and inspiring to what our life will become.

    For me, one of these moments is when I was 16 and on a hiking trip led by the camp I was attending. I was trying to take a photo from the summit of the mountain we’d just scaled and was groaning that I couldn’t get the view just right. My counselor leaned over to me and told me to put my camera down. Then she lifted up her hands like a mock camera and ‘took a photo.’ She told me that the photo I would take with my eyes, by sitting still in the moment and really recording a memory of this time would not only be better, but it would last longer. She also reminded me that instead of rushing to grab my camera, I should be stopping to enjoy the moment in my own way.

    I have remembered that lesson my entire life. And when I see people experiencing a moment solely through their camera or their cellphone, I feel extremely sad. Put your phone down, lift your head up, open your eyes, and experience your life.