The Sound of Many Sleeping Bees

By Melanie Axelrod

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Monogamy is out. The modern marriage is no longer solely between two humans. Before we even dream of our significant other, most of us have already experienced a long and turbulent relationship with our smartphones who stay with us for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. “Age of Information” doesn’t fully describe the bizarre new world we live in, where any and all recorded information is at the tips of our fingers and two-thousand miles between partners means you can still see bae’s cute face in real time whenever you want. These wild changes echo far into our lives and psyches, stirring up multitudes of weirdness that needs to be unraveled. Through deep analysis of interactions, considering ideas as basic as awareness and willpower, we can do a little couple therapy on the complicated new relationship between smartphone and human.

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