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The Daily Grime

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Screen time. It's a ubiquitous, looming threat for every parent. How much is too much? Are the Smartphones that today's toddlers can master much like a drug? Some people say they're rotting young minds, that they lead to that most insidious of childhood conditions, ADHD. But kids aren't the only ones who may be affected by the ever-present glow of the screen. It's been linked to insomnia in adults, and of course, deteriorating eyesight. Not to mention the ever-shrinking attention span. Oh, some plead, but for a world free of the evils of the LCD!

Granted, these screens wouldn't be so popular if they weren't amazing. Chances are, you possess far more computing power in your pocket right now, than the team that put a man on a moon. Artists can whip up digital paintings while they are flying across the country. Apple's commercials point out that every iPad is an instrument in hiding. And the Kindle Fire is home to a mind-boggling library of literature, just an in-app purchase away.

Meggan Gould's process involves a scanner and some moderate Photoshop magic to make the oily streaks really stand out.  - MEGGAN GOULD
  • Meggan Gould
  • Meggan Gould's process involves a scanner and some moderate Photoshop magic to make the oily streaks really stand out.

These screens are clearly a double-edged sword, but they're one we seem hell-bent on playing with. A lot. And that's what artist Meggan Gould is interested in. In a new photographic series, she highlights the annoying, oily smudges our fingers leave behind, to show the portrait of use they reveal. All produced by Gould, her husband and their 4-year-old, the streaks highlight just how much screen time everyone is getting. The use isn't choreographed, no assigned games to generate unique patterns. Just the slapdash smear of the daily, digital grind -- or grime, as it were.

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