Bette Midler posed this question to Twitter, sharing an image of three young girls huddled on a bench in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. She knew the answer before she asked for it -- their backs are turned towards "Aegina Visited by Jupiter," a painting by 18th-century artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze, as they focus intently on their phones instead.
Perhaps the girls tired out after spending a day in one of the world's largest art galleries, are taking a much-needed reprieve in the European paintings gallery before heading back out to consume more art, one user suggested.
The girls in the photo shared by Midler aren't obstructing the view of the painting or taking pictures of it (that is sometimes against museum rules), Sreenivasan noted.
Rijksmuseum's app lets users map their own route through the museum, search images by artist or keyword and read the history behind every artwork.