KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS!
We’ve all seen it. We do it ourselves. But no one really stops to take notice of it.
How often do you see groups of friends and couples sitting together, yet more involved with what is on their screens than what is actually going on around them? It’s a sad state of affairs, and we think this piece, ‘The Lonely Crowd” by Hughes Art is absolutely spot on.
Here’s two tech rules we’ve adopted and try to live by:
1. Keep it in your pants:
If you are in the company of another person, then for Gods sake, keep it in your pants - (the phone that is). Ideally, keep your hands away from your phone unless you actually need to call someone! How many real human interactions are we missing out on because we’re too busy finger-banging our phones? Too many in our opinion!
2. Sharing is not always caring.
We all know at least one of these - that person that has to share everything on facebook or twitter or any other social media platform. Now don’t get us wrong - we’re not social media haters per se, but the problem arises when the act of sharing the story becomes more important than the actual story itself. Here’s an example I saw recently:
A couple was standing in a scenic location and was posing a fake kiss over and over in order to get a perfect self photo, then, after a few attempts they turned away from each other and both jumped on their phones, instantly tapping away to put this picture (presumably of them being ‘in love’) on the internet.
Now, all I’m saying here is this: Perhaps we don’t need to have a photo on facebook of every ‘happy’ moment to justify our experience, maybe we should just focus on enjoying these moments for what they are - a temporary moment that can only really be preserved in the hearts and minds of the people we lived it with.
TAKE A FEW STEPS BACK FROM YOUR SCREEN.
Tony Moriello’s piece “2 o’clock” encourages us to step away from our computer screens and re-interpret what we see. It is part of a new exhibition at the Museum of Sex called Universe of Desire that examines human desire as seen through the lens of digital behaviours:
"Type. Swipe. Search. Upload. Download. Post. Stream. These are the new verbs of desire. Our most intimate thoughts, fantasies, and urges are now transmitted via electronic devices to rapt audiences all over the world. These transmissions—from sexts to private webcam feeds—are anonymous yet personal, individual yet collective, everywhere and nowhere, and they are contributing to the largest sexual record to date. In short, desire has gone viral."
As human behavior becomes more clickable than physical, we can’t help but wonder what this means for our most basic, biological impulse: sex.
Sluts Unite is a sex-positive movement that brings people together who believe in tolerance, acceptance and personal freedom. Their goal is to take what was intended to be a hateful, derogatory word and change it into something positive through the power of the collective.
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