The Smartphone Film


this short film

has been getting a lot of social media circulation, often followed by people gasping at the thought.


What gets me about the film isn’t the film itself, but the way people are reacting to it. People are reacting as if the film is eye-opening. They call it haunting, as if they never realized the world could be this way.


As someone who does not, and will not, own a smartphone, I can tell you that this is exactly what it’s like to live in this world without one. In fact, it’s been this way for a few years now. This is nothing new. This is not poignant. And it certainly is not an exaggeration.


What’s worse is that, if you try politely, or teasingly, to ask someone to put away their smartphone, you will get a bunch of shit for it. You’ll be treated like a grammar nazi, and either ridiculed, or ignored. Meanwhile, the fun, engaging board game that should take 30 minutes drags on the entire night and feels more like a chore. You’re not only missing out on life, you’re holding up the show.


I have come to accept this as yet another way people show their utter ingratitude for living to the world. I accepted it years ago. But I am blown away to see those same people only just now realizing it, probably because they saw a video on their smartphones.

Published in: on September 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. I’ve been away from the world for some time so I don’t know how it really is, seeing as I only leave Afghanistan for a couple weeks at a time. But your post brings up the question… if standard life was as much fun without a smartphone, would everyone be so glued to their smartphone?

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