Sometimes I feel that my constant desire to stare at my phone gets in the way of my life. Checking a text, Instagram post, tweet or dm and basically isolating myself even when I'm surrounded by people. I feel as though this desire controls me, like I'll lose touch with the world if I leave my phone at home. Or maybe I’ll miss the latest meme on one of my five social media sites. It's exhausting, but I still have an uncontrollable urge to keep checking.
In this day and age people are constantly on their phones. We use them as a distraction or filler in a conversation and ultimately they cut out the world around us. I feel as though when reality falls short of our expectations, we feel negative and resort to technology. We keep trying to do something that will make reality seem more exciting. However staring at a screen and reading a new tweet or post are not that pleasurable. What we're getting addicted to is not the actual rush of nice comments or a like on a post, but rather the anticipation of it. Most of the time, actually reading that comment doesn’t live up to our expectations. We continuously keep trying, like one of these days were going to feel great. It usually never does, then you're in this constant loop of a negative state of mind. However, this is just how I feel.
In my piece, I decided to depict a barbie (representing us humans) who is wearing head phones that plug into her head. As she keeps using her phone it “drains her battery” and “charges” her phone. You can see how her veins become more prominent as this goes on, making her look very unhealthy. This is suppose to represent how we are are constantly on our phones and although technology makes us feel more in touch with the world (filling our desire) it sucks our life away.