Social Media is Social Distancing

There is nothing in it, no wisdom, no treasure, even crumbs to extol.
It is directionless, emptiness, there is nothing to gain.
Nobody cares how well you scroll.
It is despair, an absence and death.
Nobody cares how well you scroll.
There is only vanishing, like you were never here.

Why are you always on your phone?

Why are you always on your phone?

(No response)

Why are you always on your phone?


Why are you always on your phone?

I’m not.

emilo-perezYou’re on your phone right now.

You’re the one who’s always on your phone.

You’re on your phone right now.

Not like you.

Like me?

Like you.

Always on your phone.

Have you seen this?


This post?

Which one?

It’s funny.20150325_183719


So true.


I don’t believe it.

This story about those girls.

Oh, that.


I posted about that.

No-Digi-Phobia: Fear of Being Left Out of the Digital World

We are a phobic society, afraid of the unknown, and now more than anything, being away from our devices. 20140622_154122The term “nomophobia” has been recently introduced into our vernacular – “no-mobile-phone-phobia” – defining our fear of being without a connection. Emilo PerezThere is a lot of finger-posting going on regarding this trend, blaming the kids and their addiction to the digital world. crazy kidSure, all of my students stare into their phones at every given moment, desperate to scroll, some even convinced that they have been given a new power, that society has conceded to their ability to steer us to a brave new understanding.

However misguided they may be, they’re not the problem, only a symptom. BladeRunnerTyrellThe problem isn’t the users, but the providers, the people building these things, selling the latest models, pushing the digital world relentlessly forward. If you don’t buy, you don’t know, and then you die. nomogalsOur nodigiphobia (“no-digital-device-phobia”) only continues to drive us toward the bleak horizon, latest device in hand, blogging and texting as we go.Syria 216