Has the smartphone killed storytelling or made it better?

Earlier tonight a group of us ventured off to Betty’s following two hours of doubles tennis at Mayfair. Eight players, plus a waitress – 6 iPhones and 1 Smartphone and 2 blackberries. The first round of pints were accompanied by our on “TSN turningpoints”; shared experiences about great points, each other’s best strokes and kill shots and what we all planned to do differently when we returned to the courts. Within the group, I share TLGTA as my linkage amongst half of the players. I also have played tennis with two of the others in the group previously, meaning four (including me) plus two makes six. I met the other two gents that night and we enjoyed a second round of pints and dinner.

If you weren’t at the table, you would think that we were a bunch of nerds hudWP.com Share Button dled together obsessed with our phones and not invested in the conversation around us – this couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Many of us were sharing memories of events, Halloween among them and the photos on our phones (my ‘Serena Williams‘ drew laughter as usual, or shock regarding the transformation). One of the guys, a close friend of mine dyed his hair black and was sporting a black ensemble to pull off a convincing Freddie Mercury. Both stories were convincing enough, but the phones made it better – Freddie and Serena both use iPhones, but any phone with social networking or image capture capabilities would have done the trick. Any frame of reference connects people to that experience and being a photographer, I feel that more than anything when you are sharing that image or photo that captures what you are trying to communicate. What is also interesting is you know you have lost people if they revert to their phone as an escape. How many times has that happened to you?

I remember the days when it was rude to clench the phone during dinner, or to anxiously wait for a “save” call to get one out of a date-gone-bad, but I believe those days are going away. Whether it’s pop news, a photo from a party or gathering, the smartphone has a place in helping to add colour to the story. If a picture says 1,000 words, expect those words to be preceded by “I’ve got a photo on my phone to show you”.

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