Modern technology has changed a lot of things — ordering food using our phones being among the many examples — and artist Saint Hoax thinks fairy tales would look a lot different set in this day and age as well.
In his new illustrated series Contemporary Fairy Tale, he depicts three famous Disney couples (Belle and the Beast, Ariel and Prince Eric, and Jasmine and Aladdin) in a fairy tale world, but with technology. Instead of gazing lovingly into each other's eyes or talking about their happily ever after, they're doing something that's all too common in the world today: staring at their phones.
Though social media has been around for a while, Saint Hoax told A Plus what set him off.
"What pushed all my buttons was when I witnessed two people who seemed to be on a date, barely have four full sentences with each other," he told A Plus.
'At first, this was common among younger generations, but now my mother can't even go through one conversation without checking her phone at least twice.'
Saint Hoax says he's guilty of checking his phone too much, too, but is making an effort to put his phone aside when engaging with others.
'The 'Contemporary Fairy Tale' series critiques how technology is being misused,' he told A Plus.
And he's right.
Cellphone addiction is real and studies have found chronic cellphone (or tech) users show the same symptoms as drug addicts. Luckily, there are ways to cope, including Hoax's putting the phone away, but people can also actively try to stay in the moment.
"Communication is a very important factor the directly affects societal development," Saint Hoax told A Plus.
"A Whole New World" would have been much less amazing if Aladdin and Jasmine were looking at their phones the whole time.