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This Viral ‘Put Down the Phone’ Video Is So Cliche and Goofy It’s Amazing

Culture

This Viral ‘Put Down the Phone’ Video Is So Cliche and Goofy It’s Amazing

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You know, they call them social networks, but aren’t they really more anti-social? Makes you think. Especially since it’s the same word, but with another word added, that makes it the opposite meaning, which is surprising.

That’s about the extent of the insight offered in this video from (musician?) Prince Ea called “Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?” Auto-correct is a thing that happens on your phone. But what if we did it for IRL?

Not that hard to imagine.

“If This Video Doesn’t Convince You To Put Down Your Phone, Nothing Will”, the Huffington Post said, alerting me to its existence. So, I guess nothing will then, because this is some goofy shit.

It’s not as if there isn’t something to be said for the pleasures of logging off from time to time, although I’m on the record as saying that Phones Are Better Than People. It’s just that, well, this seems like such a calculated attempt to go viral online its message is kind of hard to take seriously. Like previous efforts at getting us to put down the phone and live life mannnnn, it’s being widely shared on social networks and was created by a person who is very adept at using the internet (Prince Ea has nearly 400,000 followers on Facebook.) The video in question has been shared well over 500,000 times on Facebook alone. The YouTube version has 100,000 views.

Put down your phones people. But first, watch my thing about putting down your phone on your phone.

“But its no wonder in a world filled with I Mac’s, I Pads and I Phones, so many I’s, so many selfies, not enough us’s and we’s,” he goes on.

 

Makes

 

You

 

Think

 

“Mr Zuckerberg, not to be rude but you should re-classify Facebook to what it is: An anti-social network. Because while we may have big friend lists, so many of us are friendless, all alone, cause friendships and more broken than the screens on our very phones.”

Make spoken word poetry illegal.

“And you wonder why ADD is on the rise faster than 4G LTE? But, get a load of this: Studies show the attention span of the average adult today is one second lower than that of a gold fish.” 

[Citation needed]

“Call me crazy but, I imagine a world where we smile when we have low batteries, because that will mean we’ll be one bar closer, to humanity.”

Like bars on your phone, but in real life, he means. I’m going to put down my phone for a while now, but only because I just tossed it against the wall after watching this nonsense.