The New Cigarette

During an interview I did last week for my research, someone commented: checking your cellphone while you’re waiting is like the “new cigarette”.
I’d never thought of it in this way before, but phones, as time fillers, do save people from feeling completely awkward in public spaces. No more standing outside waiting for our friends smoking a cigarette and trying to look cool with it, you’re either making that non-essential phone call to your mum or checking the footie scores or mindlessly scanning the latest Facebook newsfeed. So as I was riding along Utrechtse straat I spotted two people “having a cigarette” outside a bar. I was photographing directly into the sun, so it turned into a strange tabloid-like candid camera shot but you get the idea….

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