when i was in doctoral school, my dissertation research focused on how social media has impacted our society's communication, both written and face-to-face. i'm always fascinated at how much technology changes our ability to communicate. undoubtedly, it has improved the ease of communication greatly, but it has come at a high cost of (in my opinion) ruining our ability to write formally and to hold an "old fashioned" face-to-face conversation. so, i found photographer eric pickersgill's photo series to be interesting (and a bit sad because they're true). all of the photos in his series called "removed" are to remind us of how strange we look holding our mobile devices by removing the mobile devices from the images. i try my best to not be glued to my phone constantly, but i'm certainly guilty of this too. the photo of the couple in bed (bottom left corner) really struck me. something to think about on a monday morning . . . in our mobile-device-driven world, it's important to take time to unplug.