Screens are meant to be modes of visual consumption. They might show a range of different things. News, sports, advertisements, and above all, the Internet. While some screens are meant for specialized viewing, there are a few that allow you to view everything on one single screen.
However, the eyes aside, screens are locking us down in other ways as well. Other parts of the body including hand, neck, finger, and waist are in bondage to the screens to through means like texting, messaging, reading, browsing, channel swiping...and so on.
And I am not talking just about the smartphone zombies whose leg movements are somehow dependent on/dictated by what happens on their mobile screens...
Finally, there are spaces that you can only enter into if certain screens allow you to. And if you are allowed, inside, you would be entering inside a virtual screen-space as you would be constantly watched over by screened inside those premise. Do airports ring a bell?
Like a super efficient, barely noticeable, but all pervasive army, screens are controlling your urban lives. They control what you are going to see, how you are going to see, and then eventually, they see you. And willingly or unwillingly, you are getting surrounded by a screened reality. A reality of layers upon layers of visuals and images. A reality that is constantly alienating you from what is actually happening around you. And you don't complain. In fact, you want more of the scree-time.
And that is the beauty of it. Its subtle addiction.