Over the past 40 years the mobile phone has rapidly developed into a technological device that lets the individual connect to the rest of the world in more ways than one. Communication has been transformed through this small, handheld device that offers the user capability to telephone, text, email and with the ability to access the internet - social network. But how social really is this form of social networking and what effect has the mobile phone had on our consumer led society? In any social situation, no doubt somebody is on their phone, either posting a tweet, uploading a photograph, surfing the internet or being engrossed by Facebook. This portable device has created social atomization through compulsive addiction. The evident engrossment absorbs the individualís concentration, disconnecting him or her from the real world. Their attention is channeled solely into the mobile device; creating an isolated presence for the user whereby they can become oblivious to everything and everyone around them. Anti-Social Network addresses the sense of isolation and lack of empathy observed in others by their use of the mobile phone and the ubiquitous transformation of their engagement with the world around them. The project poses questions about how the intrusive, obsessive and almost embedded epidemic influence of mobile phones is effecting the nature of society itself, especially considering phone phobias such as Nomophobia that are beginning to exist.
Eugenijus Barzdius • James Doran • Katrina Forey • Christian Fowler • Ryan Grimley • Owen Harvey • Steve Jewitt • Joseph Jinks • Dimitra Kountiou • Olivia Martin • Scott Martin • Denise Marie Myers • Briony Oates • Gabriella Rose • Luke Santilli • Cathy Sharples • Mandy Thomas •