Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few days, you’ve seen the latest video to go viral, Look Up. Since its debut on April 25, the film aimed at getting people to unplug from social media and actually talk to each other has created quite a buzz online, with over 18 million hits so far. Ironic, don’t you think?
Written as a love story, Gary Turk takes us through the lives of two lovers. We share in all of their special moments over the years. The message? It all wouldn’t be if the man had just asked Siri for directions instead of stopping a woman to ask her for info.
It’s perfect really. Everything he says is spot on. I can’t even remember the last time I walked down the street and didn’t see at least a handful of people shuffling along, their heads buried in a screen—hiding from each other. Some can’t even drive without texting!
One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone pulls out their phone while we’re out having dinner. Want to see me angry? Try it, you’ll see. What, you can’t hold a conversation for more than 5 minutes? Am I that boring you need to check to see what kind of fun others are having right now? As the video states, we live in a world of “smart phones and dumb people.” Right?
Social media claims it’s all about helping people connect, but all it does is isolate us from one another. No more living in the moment. We don’t stop to smell the roses. We’re too busy snapping a selfie, shooting a video, updating our Facebook status, or Instagramming our lunch.
If you haven’t seen the film, check it out. It’s almost 5 minutes long, but worth every second. Afterwards, don’t just share it. Talk to someone about it. In person, face to face. Live life the real way—that’s the whole point!