Text messaging is ever present; wherever you look someone is busy texting or receiving a message. People are constantly on their mobile smart phones, in public places, at work, in schools and at home. According to K Burke (Burke: 2018), the average person is texting 94 times per day. Even if you were to half this figure supplied by Burke’s compilation of statistics for texting, the constant responding to these 47 incoming texts alone would be causing some form of distraction from our daily activities. This could mean that these mobile phone messages are actually creating ‘interruption’. These’ interruptions’ are having an impact on our everyday lives.
The word “Interrupt”, (The Concise Oxford Dictionary 1968. Sv “interrupt”) means to break in upon, albeit an action, a process, a speech, a person speaking. It may also mean to obstruct and or break the continuity of something.
I began to suspect that these ‘interruptions’, due to mobile smart phone messaging back and forth, were disrupting my work, my family relationships and social events. What did this ‘interruption’ look like and how was it affecting my world? Why was it so difficult to pull myself away from my mobile smart phone?
Figure 1. Carol Phillips Hurst,
Texting my Dopamine – Overloaded (2018).
Digital print on Perspex,
1000 x 967 mm.