Are You Smarter Than A Smartphone?

Upon entering the 21st century, we have experienced a drastic shift in the role that technology is playing in our lives. We’re now finding ourselves in a conversation about whether this new use of technology is for the best. This question comes in to play on college campuses. When does the amount of information that technology provides, start to make us more unproductive rather that productive?

To portray the way that technology causes us to get less done, I will be using several different viewpoints. Some photos will be taken from an eyelevel angle to show a more intimate and relatable feeling. A few photos will also be shot from a high angle to influence the feeling of power that these devices hold over college students. All photos will have some type of filter including black and white to show a more dramatic image. Keep an eye out for the ways in which cellular devices and other forms of technology seem to seep their way in to the hands of college students when they should be studying, causing any chance of productivity to be backspaced and deleted.

20 years ago, college students wrote their research papers using heavy typewriters, nowadays we’re using apple laptops that weigh less than 5 pounds. Our smartphones wake us up on time every morning, notify us when someone needs to get in touch with us, does math problems for us and even lets us tweet people who live in countries foreign to us. We’re at a point where we depend on our phones to do nearly everything for us. If phones disappeared, it would be close to impossible for most people to function throughout their day. Ridding our society of the distracting usage of technology may not be such a bad thing though. Think of all the things we could do if we got back the time we spent on technology each day. If we continue on the path we’re on, eventually our smartphones will be smarter than us.

The main objective of this photo essay is to show that although technology has found so many ways to connect us in our daily lives, college students, as well as millions of people around the world, are paying a hefty price for it. A recent study showed that students check their phones 11 times during class for things that are unrelated to the classroom activities(Schaffhauser, 2016). All of this time spent on the phone can really start to add up, and this is where we begin to see a decrease in students’ performance. College students have a constant urge to “stay connected” to their peers, both on a local and global scale. However, is this longing to not be bored worth it at the end of the semester when you realize you’ve learned nothing? Technology was used to keep everyone in the loop, and it is serving its purpose, but what should we do when the struggle to focus on anything else becomes a bigger issue? It seems that technology has become a new wave of addiction, causing us to lose a ginormous amount of time that could be spent doing productive things.

I used a very close and intimate angle for this photo so that you can understand where the distraction comes in to play.
I used a farther away shot so that you could see how friends play in to technologies distractions.
I used a black and white filter as well as a side angle so you could see that instead of studying, the student uses her laptop..
I used a high angle to express that although she has a book in her hand, she uses it only to hide that she is on her phone.
Taken from a high angle side view so that you can see how little attention is being paid to her notes or class work but instead to the phone.
I took the image from a side profile shot so you can see the eyes beeming down at the screen.
I used a higher angle so you could see that although they are sitting right next to each other, their only communication is through their cell phones.
I took this from an angle where her face was being covered by her hair but you could still see the glow from the screen on her body.

Work Cited:

Schaffhauser,D. January 20th,2016. “Research: College students more distracted than ever”. Article found in Campus Technology. Pulled from