Quick Read: The Ubiquity of Smartphones


A few weeks ago in our #mindfultech news of the week, Liza mentioned a photo essay by The Atlantic called The Ubiquity of Smartphones, as Captured by Photographers and… wow.

This essay makes it crystal clear that smartphones are massively changing the world we are living in. I feel like it is easy to get in the rut thinking smartphones are all bad and a time waster and attention stealers, (which they absolutely can be!) but seeing these photos reminded me that they are so much more than a simple time and energy suck.

People are using their phones for survival, to escape from danger, to make their every day lives easier, to provide for themselves and their families, to affect political change, and for connection to others. This article gives a very well-rounded look at what the world is doing with smartphones––and I am glad for the perspective.

Like anything in life, we can choose and make conscious decisions how we are going to engage. We definitely want to use our smartphones as a tool to make the world a better place and through Mindful Technology™, we hope to help others do that too.

Look at the full photo essay here and be sure to read the captions; the photos aren’t always what you assume them to be.



Feature image by VCG via Getty. Moon image by Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency / Getty. Pope Francis photo by Alessandra Tarantino / AP.

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