The team at The Atlantic has selected photos from 2014 to highlight our dependency on smartphones. These images expose the question of whether these devices are connecting our world or disconnecting and dehumanising our society. 

Visitors raise their cameras and mobile phones in front of Dutch master Rembrandt’s famous artwork The Night Watch

Visitors raise their cameras and mobile phones in front of Dutch master Rembrandt’s famous artwork The Night Watch painting to take pictures of Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, with Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima during their visit to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on April 5, 2014. AP Photo/Peter Dejong.


Members of the Guarani Nandeva tribe stand guard at the

Members of the Guarani Nandeva tribe stand guard at the entrance to one of the 14 farms they have been occupying for the past 78 days, claiming they are part of the ancestral land called Tekoha Yvy Katu, in the Japora municipality of Mato Grosso do Sul state, near the southern border with Paraguay, on December 18, 2013. Reuters/Lunae Parracho.


North Korean soldier uses her mobile phone next to a sentry on the banks of the Yalu River

A North Korean soldier uses her mobile phone next to a sentry on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, on June 1, 2014. Reuters/Jacky Chen.


Afghan man looks at his mobile phone in a camp in Kabul

An internally displaced young Afghan man looks at his mobile phone in a camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 24, 2014. Thousands of Afghans are pouring into makeshift camps in the capital where they face a harsh winter as the Taliban return to areas once cleared by foreign forces, who this week marked the end of their combat mission. AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini.


Ft. Myers Beach, Florida

Girls walk with their cell phones along the beach at twilight during the Labor Day long weekend in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, on August 31, 2014. Reuters/Carlo Allegri.


San Gonzalo brotherhood holds a mobile phone under his hood

A penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood holds a mobile phone under his hood as he takes part in a Holy Week procession in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, on April 14, 2014. Reuters/Marcelo del Pozo.


Muslim pilgrim prays as another takes a photo with his mobile phone at the Grand Mosque during Tawaf al-Wadaa

A Muslim pilgrim prays as another takes a photo with his mobile phone at the Grand Mosque during Tawaf al-Wadaa (Farewell Tawaf) on the last day of the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca on October 29, 2012. Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh.


A suspected Ebola victim lying in a street in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone

Bystanders stand around and photograph the body of a suspected Ebola victim lying in a street in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone, on December 18, 2014. Baz Ratner/Reuters.


Pope Francis is obscured by mobile phones

The face of Pope Francis is obscured by mobile phones held up as he arrives to lead a special audience for Vatican employees and their families at the Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican on December 22, 2014. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.


Protest outside the headquarters of Legislative Council in Hong Kong

Protestors and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a protest outside the headquarters of Legislative Council in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP/Getty Images.


An attempt to get a better phone signal in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo

A man holds his phone up in an attempt to get a better phone signal in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 26, 2014. Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty Images.


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