Ria Vaidya: Wired


Posted on November 17th, 2015 by Ria Vaidya



In today’s generation, we are plagued by the constant need to be connected to the world through forms of technology. It is as if our phones are no longer just an accessory, but have rather become an appendage. What happens however, when you take a girl who is transfixed to her devices and put her in a place with minimal service and maximum natural beauty?


Kana took a weekend trip with her family to a cabin up in New Hampshire; the idea behind the vacation was for it to be a getaway from their daily lives – to appreciate nature in its rawest form. However, the idea of struggling to open her Snapchats dawned on Kana and she decided to go on a little adventure around her cabin in order to find a good signal.


After much aimless wandering, she was finally able to send iMessages to her several group chats. Completely oblivious to her surroundings, her eyes remained transfixed on her phone. Unable to appreciate the falling leaves of autumn or the pebbles around the benches, she found herself in a state of bliss. As she regularly switched between apps, the fresh air surrounding her was not a concern.



Instead, she remained focused on finding the perfect filter for her next Instagram post. Suddenly, she remembered that technology, unlike nature, has a battery life. Left on her own in the outdoors without a working phone, Kana began to curl into her own shell. Rather than trying to appreciate her surroundings and simply remaining unwired, Kana felt helpless and more irritable than ever. Her fingers were restless and her mind could focus on only one thing: her phone. Never had she felt more naked.


Photography and Text by Ria Vaidya, Copyright 2015


About The Author: Ria Vaidya is a sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018. To read additional articles by Ria Vaidya, go to the bottom of the page, type in author’s name and then click the search icon.

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