I know it isn’t summer just yet, but I wanted to share an observation as we approach the season that typically has us looking forward to more social, outdoor activities.
Between iphones and blackberries, the wireless phenomenon has become pervasive. You might think at first that it all adds to everyone being isolated and in their own bubble. Instead of being at your computer all the time at the office or at home – ignoring more social activities, you can now have your “computer” in the palm of your hand everywhere you go. You’re always looking at your phone and not paying much attention to your surroundings. As a result, no real social interaction, right?
Well, it seems there’s a new trend emerging from this, and it’s sort of getting back to a more social experience. People are sharing things with each other not just through texting and emailing on these devices, but they’re actually holding their phones out to let their friends have a look at whatever is on their screen. So, they’re interacting with each other again. Every now and then I’ll see groups of people huddled around one guy or girl trying to get a glimpse of the latest “app” or “youtube video”. So maybe it’s a good thing.
Here’s a piece inspired by that latest observation. Based on a couple of photos I took at the 2008 San Diego Con. I used Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop CS.
I hope this summer you’ll all enjoy more social activities too – even if it involves looking at your friend’s hand held device!