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LOOK. UP.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY]

“i have xxx friends, yet i’m lonely.

i look around and realize, this media we call ‘social’ is anything but — when we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut. all of this technology we have is just an illusion.

just talk to one another, learn to coexist; we’re becoming unsocial.

we’re a generation of idiots — smartphones and dumb people.

so look up from your phone, shut down the display. take in your surroundings, make the most of today. just one real connection is all it can take to show you the difference of being there. be there in the moment.

when you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss.

i’m guilty too of being part of this machine […] where we type as we talk and we read as we chat. where we spend hours together without making eye contact. stop giving into a life where you follow a hype; give people your love, don’t give them your ‘like’. disconnect from the need to be heard and defined; go out into the world, leave distractions behind.

so look up from your phone, shut down that display.
stop watching this video.
live life the real way.”

I felt the urge to transcribe more lines, but i’ll just include those that resonate more. With me at least.

“This topic again??” i know… it’s been said and written and discussed many times before, neither is this the first video recorded on this matter. I have also posted a verbose rewrite on “Seven rules to stop your phone taking over your life” article. My stance and quibbles are still the same but i can see why this video receives more backlash than that i embedded on the other post.

Both are a jab at the surge of gadgets/social media addiction amongst us: “I forgot my phone” video shows what’s happening and delivers the punch through case in points. Viewers can see and feel the indelicacy. Here, while there are footages shown as well, it’s mostly a one-way speech. “Look up” is candid, matter-of-factly, and well thought-out (the rhymes and all that), but this way it can also come across as preachy.

The message is not misinterpreted, people are just looking too deep into it and taking the spoken words at face value. He is addressing the corollary of getting too absorbed in technology and social media bubble, when they are misused, or rather overused, and NOT about insinuating people to refrain from using them at all.  There are always two sides of a coin: the net has so many benefits — any information is just a click away and a loved one a (video) call away; it makes communication and life way easier, has become a necessity, but can also lead to addiction (and oversharing; TMI!) in that we flip out when our phone is out of reach.

It may be hard to admit, but we’re all guilty of this. Even the speaker came clean. It isn’t that hard to spot someone whose eyes and fingers glued to the screen even when they’re behind the wheel, ignorant of the fact that the divided attention jeopardizes not only their own safety but also the passengers and other road users’.

The point is to be present and in the moment. It is okay to use your phone and update your social media accounts, to play games and chat with families and friends residing in different parts of the world. It is NOT okay to shun those around you to go online, to focus on it when you should be interacting with people before you. Don’t you hate it when a person or two at a meet-up totally fixated on their phones and never really join the conversation? (Locally, they’re called “autis” — as in autistic person who seems to live in their own world) I do, and they’re not the kind of people i like to hang around with.

Still…i’m guilty too. I love my phone, my laptop, and my fast internet connection. I do admit that i look at those screens a bit too much. I love my me-time, but i also like being with someone else. Some other times i just wanna talk — or ‘talk’. I have people telling me that i’m anti-social or missing out (something) just because i don’t have an account of that social media or own the “it” brand of smartphone. I don’t follow the crowd; to ‘exist’ is never my intention; i still think i can survive without my phone for hours or one full day and i don’t think i’m missing anything out. If it’s meant for me to know, i’ll get to it somehow, eventually.

I’ll stop here before i’m digressing even further… At the end of the day, it all boils down to everything in moderation, really. I guess we’ll just have to be more conscious of the way we use our phone — to ensure the when, where, and how much is under an acceptable, healthy dose. We sure don’t wanna be part of a generation of idiots, do you?

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