Looking at Zack Arias’ Project #de_VICE, it’s amazing how prevalent smart device’s really are. Then I ask myself, what did we do 10-15 years ago? Has the smart device replaced the book? If you’re on a train/bus now, all you see are smart phones. 15 years ago, there would have been a lot more books. Has this led to the decline of book reading? I’m a reader (although I’ve been on a long draught now, not due to my phone) and if I still took the train/bus on a daily basis, would I have stopped reading in deference to my smart phone? And moreover, is the prevalence of these device’s causing a decrease in our attention span? Causing us to be bored if we don’t have one? Has it increased our need for (constant) stimulation? Don’t get me wrong, I love my phone. I’m very much a ‘plugged’ in person, having been actively using the web/blogging since 2000. I love how social media allows you to connect with so many more people than you ever would have in ‘real’ life. And it’s a marvel to know, that once you have that 4″x2.5″ device in your hand, you’re effectively connected to the world – where ever you go. But that begs the question, when do we disconnect and are we disconnecting enough?