This is How the World Looks Without Cell Phones

American photographer Eric Pickersgill took these photos of his family, friends and strangers in the midst of playing on their phones. He would ask them to hold where they are, and take the phones and tablets out of their hands and take these photographs.

He was inspired by a “Family sitting next to me at Illium café in Troy, NY is so disconnected from one another,” Pickersgill writes in his notes from that day. “Not much talking. Father and two daughters have their own phones out. Mom doesn’t have one or chooses to leave it put away. She stares out the window, sad and alone in the company of her closest family. Dad looks up every so often to announce some obscure piece of info he found online.”

It’s a sad world when everyone’s staring at their hands.