Yes, it’s very important to remember that we must never interpret a photograph to mean anything other than the absolute exact truth of what is occurring in the photograph at the moment it was taken. This photo couldn’t possibly work as metaphor because, as we know, nobody has ever ignored a work of art while staring at a hand-held device. Similarly, if you have any impressions or feelings while viewing, say, “De Nachtwacht” that were not specifically intended by Rembrandt, you are incorrect.
The more important question is: how did children ever learn about art before there were smartphone apps?? What progress we’ve made!