Mobile People in the Age of Distraction

Mobile People are preoccupied with devices, constantly multitasking between here and there.

I started Mobile People as my first long time photo documentation project after moving to New York City in mid 2015. In this blog post I was inspired by the free E-Book “Focus – A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction” by Leo Babauta to use some of my mobile people photographs to illustrate important findings made by the author. The following text (except photo captions/descriptions) are quotes from the E-Book:

It´s a new Lifestyle!

“Being connected, getting information all the time, having constant distractions… it has all become a part of our lives.”

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It´s an Addiction!

“When we check email and get a new message, it´s a little bit of validation that we´re worthy of someone else´s attention, and so we check again, and again, until we´re addicted”

New York City, Street Photography, age of distraction, looking at smartphone, mobile people, multitasking, preoccupied, ricoh gr, techneck, using mobile phone

It´s an Expectation

“Some people are expected to be available all the time […] and respond immediately – or they´re out of touch, or not so good business people.”

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“Others are expected to be available for instant messaging…

New York City, Street Photography, age of distraction, looking at smartphone, mobile people, multitasking, preoccupied, ricoh gr, techneck, using mobile phone

or [long distance] Skype chats,…

New York City, Street Photography, age of distraction, looking at smartphone, mobile people, multitasking, preoccupied, ricoh gr, techneck, using mobile phone

…or be on social forums or social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.”

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“And going against that expectation is immensely difficult for many people…

New York City, Street Photography, age of distraction, looking at smartphone, mobile people, multitasking, preoccupied, ricoh gr, techneck, using mobile phone

…it requires courage, or a willingness to be an arrogant prima donna.”

New York City, Street Photography, age of distraction, looking at smartphone, mobile people, multitasking, preoccupied, ricoh gr, techneck, using mobile phone

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