"Easily one of the best books of the year" - Alan Twigg, BC BookWorld

"Powerful, prescient, and - ironically - morbidly funny" - Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Sun

Featured In 'Adbusters' - Longlisted For The George Ryga Award

"A powerful book" - Gloria Macarenko, CBC Radio

Smartphones can be powerful, efficient, and delightful, but they can also interfere with our ability to concentrate on a lecture, drive a car, empathize with a stranger, respond to a family member, or get a good night’s sleep.
They even make it a challenge for us to just sit quietly, doing nothing.
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“I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes.”
Ed Sheeran, singer-songwriter
“We are fearful that we might be missing something; we’re probably not.”
Robert Hughes, art critic
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'Dysconnected' gets us thinking about the way we use our phones

Over 75 striking pen and ink illustrations depicting humans isolated by their personal technology.
Accompanying quotes, opinions, ideas, and facts that all encourage reflection.
Two dense pages of ‘Phone Facts’.

The images show the effects that mobile devices are having on friendships, couples, families, work, play, study, life, and our capacity for solitude.
In all, a thought provoking visual essay with brief interwoven text.
Designed to be read through, or dipped into time and again

160 pages, 11" x 8.5", Softcover
B&W pen, ink, & wash images
Published and printed in Canada
Distributed to Bookstores in Canada by Sandhill
ISBN 9780995205604

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Shipping to the U.S., Canada, & Internationally
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From The Introduction

"Here’s a wild idea: In the future, the happiest, most content and satisfied people will be those of us who learn to best manage our relationships with our own technological devices.

We all know how useful, powerful, and delightful our cell phones or tablets can be, but a growing number of us also have a sense that there’s something potentially disturbing about the way they have so rapidly taken up such a large and central space in our lives.

Surfing, clicking, texting, sharing, friending, and liking have arguably taken the place of looking, seeing, listening, talking, thinking, and just plain doing nothing, hanging out, or being bored.

Are we losing the capacity for quiet solitude? Are we filling all previously-empty spaces in our days with electronic ‘busy-ness’? Have online ‘friends’ taken the place of the other sort? Have second lives replaced our first? And, if this is the case, should it be cause for any concern?"

93% of smartphone owners use their phones to avoid being bored
57% reported feeling “distracted” thanks to their phone

47% use their phone to avoid interacting with the people around them

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50% of teens admit they are addicted to their mobile devices
30% of US pedestrians use distracting technology while crossing high-risk intersections

10% of smartphone owners even admit to checking their phones during sex

What reviewers are saying about 'Dysconnected':

“A thoughtful and provocative meditation on human 'connectedness' and the on-line world.”

“... unique and engaging book... Highly recommended.”

“A wonderful exploration of modern early 21st Century life.. the author transports us into scenes which can be both jarring and humorously all too familiar.”

“ 'Dysconnected' is a smart, thought-provoking, unique book with eye-catching drawings and wonderfully curated quotations.”

“... cleverly written with unique images that will entertain, provoke discussion, and provide insight into social phenomena and our own behaviours.”

“The text and drawings made me slow down and absorb it at a deeper level.”

“Clever concept, iconic images. Fosters dialogue on the topical matters of dependency- and alienation-inducing technologies”

"... an unexpected and deeply enjoyable exercise in mindfulness."

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Images That Change The Way You See People And Their Phones

Do you know people who could benefit from being more thoughtful about the way they use their mobile devices?
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"Our networked life allows us to hide from each other, even as we are tethered to each other. We’d rather text than talk.”
Sherry Turkle, sociologist
“It’s easier to desire and pursue the attention of tens of millions of total strangers than it is to accept the love and loyalty of the people closest to us.”
William Gibson, author, in the novel ‘Idoru’
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The layout of 'DYSCONNECTED' is spacious and designed to encourage quiet contemplation.
The combination of images and brief passages of text leads us to reflect on the way we are all being affected by mobile technology.
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This book encourages us to think about the way we use our phones, and to be more mindful of how we live our lives.

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AJKS Publishing
Vancouver Canada
Printed in Canada

All images copyright 2016