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Our Cultural Addiction To Phones, In One Disconcerting Video

NPR | Sept. 5, 2013 5:44 p.m.

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Elise Hu


The cultural shift is complete. We’re all just alone with our smartphones, even when we’re surrounded by other humans.

The extent of our obsession with capturing every moment instead of merely just experiencing them is highlighted in the viral short film, I Forgot My Phone. It’s now at nearly 20 million views and if you haven’t seen it, you must have gone without your phone too long.

Charlene deGuzman — who wrote and stars in the film — shows scenes that really hit close to home. Artists use hyperbole to express a truth, but when NPR editor Avie Schneider first saw this, he said, “This is not that exaggerated.”

What we get here is a series of beautifully shot scenes that pretty much anyone can identify with because they’re deadpan, accurate representations of the way we often use technology at the expense of forging real, human connections.

The film won’t make you laugh, but once you start to realize just how much this movie is about you, specifically the way you use your phone, don’t be surprised if you start to cry.

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