When It Comes To Smartphone Addiction, Banksy’s Got Your Number

A new Banksy piece comments on our constant need for more information.

Relationships are easier to navigate with smartphones. These practically sentient devices make it easier to stay in touch, find things to do spontaneously, and turn shopping missions endurable for whoever is dragged along but not buying anything. They also can form a very tiny physical wall between two people, though, a concept that comes through in Banksy’s latest work. A new piece from the prolific British street artist, who had a temporary tenure in New York last year, features a mutually distracted lover’s embrace. It should strike a familiar note to anyone whose private moments are penetrated by glowing screens.


Have a better look at the piece, along with another recently released work, in the slides above.

About the author

Joe Berkowitz is a writer and staff editor at Fast Company. His next book, Away with Words, is available June 13th from Harper Perennial.