Pope’s arrival in America greeted by a sea of smartphones

By

popes-arrival-in-america-greeted-by-a-sea-of-smartphones-image-cultofandroidcomwp-contentuploads20150921646304072_7f298bf6fa_h-jpg
Pope Francis gets engulfed by eager smartphone users in Washington, DC.
Photo: IIP Photo Archive/Flickr CC
pope-cameras-phones-america
Pope Francis gets engulfed by eager smartphone users in Washington, DC. Photo: IIP Photo Archive/Flickr CC

Pope Francis landed on U.S. soil for the first time last week on Tuesday, September 22. He has talked to victims of sexual abuse, spoke out about his views on immigration and gave several moving speeches across the country. However, the pope was also able to impact American culture in a way that is completely unintentional: he put the mobile phone revolution on giant display.

The last time a pope visited the United States was back in April 2008 when Pope Benedict XVI was still at the reigns of Catholicism. A lot has happened in seven years. Modern smartphones were only starting to become prevalent back then. Apple had just released the first iPhone less than a year ago and Android was still in development.

The change in our culture needs no explanation because photos of crowds swarming Pope Francis through his journey across America manage to say it all. Crowds glow with endless displays.

Arms up and finger on the shutter

More phones than faces

Spot the tablets

Pictures within pictures within pictures

Philadelphia’s phones shine brighter than a halo

Some even take photos of another display