We check mobiles hundreds of times per day, even while we are talking to others. That is plain bad manners, similar to not acknowledging someone else when entering a room. However, it’s become so common place that I have started to consider this nomophobia a bit more leniently. Still, I don’t know if it is a good thing or not. It does bother me when people check their phone in the middle of a conversation.
The street artist Zabou seems to have translated all this into a great mural in North London. The characters in the paint below seem to be melting away together with their mobile phones. Its location, a quiet back street, might actually be saying something too. Something like ‘this happens everywhere’.
For those who don’t know Zabou, she’s even given a Ted talk, where she advocated the benefits of street art in community regeneration.
Ala Niz painted a portrait of the artist, which is not too far away from this one. Check it out!
Thanks for checking!
A Londoner from Afar