Long before the age of the mobile phone, Albert Einstein, one of the most brilliant brains of the 20th century, is said to have predicted: ‘I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction.
The world will have a generation of idiots.’Some historians dispute the great man ever said it, but, whatever the case, it seems the prophecy may be coming true. Everywhere people are glued to their mobiles — as these photographs prove.
To them, dating is less of an organic experience and more of a collection of statistics, perfect builds and arbitrary rules that bear absolutely no relationship to reality.
‘But it is very powerful and we must harness it as a means to an end.
With other diversions — books, television — we put them aside and return to the real world.‘With this, you can remain in a parallel world — dating, shopping, socialising.
Do we want our children to be glassy-eyed and permanently transfixed by this technology, or do we want to harness its power for our benefit and return to the real world?
Seventy per cent of people turn to their phones when they’re on their own in a crowd, to make themselves look busier — 60 per cent have texted a friend in the same building rather than walking the few yards to see them.
Just like alcoholics, we know that the addiction is doing terrible things to us — that we’d be better off reverting to age-old human habits, such as being able to have a continuous conversation lasting more than three minutes.