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Can You Spot What’s Wrong With This Photo? It Carries a Message That Everyone Should Know

Can You Spot What’s Wrong With This Photo? It Carries a Message That Everyone Should Know

We all live glued to our smartphones. We do everything on these devices, from talking to friends and making plans to catching up on the news. Some of us, including myself, even use our phones as a way to keep up with work. In fact, few of us know what happiness is if it doesn’t involve our phones.

But what would be like if we didn’t have our phones? Would we be able to see how disconnected we’ve become?

Photographer Eric Pickersgill, a photographer living and working in North Carolina, endeavored to find out. His impressive project REMOVED highlights what human interaction looks like by just removing smartphones from his pictures.

The results are astonishing. The images are stark, giving us a glimpse into our reality — that we spend more time looking at a screen than each other.

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And it got me to thinking — is my phone that important to me? What could I be doing instead of looking at it? So I tried it for a few days. It was amazing.

Here’s what I learned:

We do almost all of our communication through our phones, making real-world interactions awkward.

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    We’re more interested in the instant gratification of social media than interacting with friends.

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      We’re addicted to our phones and even on special occasions we keep the devices close.

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        We’re not aware of, or present in, our surroundings, leading us to miss out on the beauty of life.

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          Our kids are learning how to avoid important issues rather than learning how to confront them.

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            We spend more time looking at our smartphones than we do looking at each other.

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              We’re teaching our kids that personal interactions aren’t necessary.

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                We’re forgetting how to be bored, and we’re passing that on to the next generation.

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                  The idea that smartphones are replacing most of our interactions and making boredom nearly extinct isn’t exactly new, but it is one we need to confront as a society. Even our kids are being affected, with outdoor play being replaced by games and texting they can do from the comfort of their smartphone. And this is an issue that isn’t going anywhere.

                  But all is not lost. More and more, people are taking a break from their phones to be present in their lives, and it’s leading them to make better choices in their lives. Everyone, from children to adults, is learning that happiness can be found right outside their door.

                  As for me, I now only check my phone a few times a day. I’ve disabled all social media on my device, and I’m surprised to find that I’m much happier this way. It’s also had an effect on my husband, who’s going through a smartphone detox right now.

                  So what about you? Do you think you could live without your phone? Is it possible to find happiness through conversations and activities in the real world? Let us know in the comments below and let’s start a conversation.

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                  To learn more about Eric Pickersgill and the impact his project has had, read this.

                  Featured photo credit: Couple in bed, Friends in Garage, Newlyweds on car, Friends sitting next to each other, Mother and daughter on couch, Couple on couch, Family in kitchen, Children on Couch via Collective Evolution and Eric Pickersgill

                  Featured photo credit: Ashley’s Neighbors by Eric Pickersgill via collective-evolution.com

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                  Last Updated on October 18, 2018

                  50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                  50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                  Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                  It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                  It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                  Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                  Quotes for self-assurance

                  1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                    2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                      3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                        4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                          5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                            6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                              Quotes about positivity

                              7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                  9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                    10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                      11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                        12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                          13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                            Quotes for work and success

                                            14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                              15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                  17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                    18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                      19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                        20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                          21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                            22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                              23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                  25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                    26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                      27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                        28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                          29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                            30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                              31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                  33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                    34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                      35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                        36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                          37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                            38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                              39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                  41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                    42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                      43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                        44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                          45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

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                                                                                                            46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                              47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                  49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                    50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                      51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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