“We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.”

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 12.40.26 PMI’ve been sitting here in shock and reflection for about five minutes from this video by Gary Turk called Look Up. I’ve never wanted as many people to watch a video as I’ve wanted everyone I know to watch this one.

We can all relate to this and we are ALL guilty of walking around, looking at our phones, sitting at home watching a screen and missing every day opportunities and sights.

“When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss
So look up from your phones, shut down those displays
We have a finite existence, a set number of days
Don’t waste your life getting caught in the net
because when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret”

Watch and listen:

 

I never actually did that TIME study of how much time I’ve wasted on Facebook, because I don’t want to know. I’m sure the number would be so scary to me. I literally waste so much time on social media every day, and what’s it all for?

What is the time for that we spent staring at these screens every single day? Children think it’s the norm to watch screens all day instead of playing outside and appreciating the world. It’s so scary and sad.

Obviously I know I’m sitting here typing all this on my screen, but I think it’s important to share this message as another wake up call for our society. Do we really have “friends” if we only connect with them online? We are missing valuable every day interaction.

The more we connect with our smartphones and gadgets, the more isolated we are making ourselves, making conversations and face-to-face interactions practically obsolete.

Put down the phone, walk away from the screen. You don’t know the moments you’re missing right now.

 

Full text:

Look Up

I have 422 friends yet I am lonely
I speak to all of them everyday yet none of them really know me
The problem I have sits in the space in-between
Looking into their eyes or at a name on a screen

I took a step back and opened my eyes
I looked round and realised
This media we call social is anything but
when we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut

All this technology we have it’s just an illusion
Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
When you step away from this device of delusion
You awaken to see a world of confusion

A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered
Where information gets sold by some rich, greedy bastard
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion
Where we all share our best bits but leave out the emotion

We’re at our most happy with an experience we share
But is it the same if no one is there?
Be there for your friends and they’ll be there too
But no one will be if a group message will do

We edit and exaggerate, crave adulation
We pretend not to notice the social isolation
We put our words into order till our lives are glistening
We don’t even know if anyone is listening

Being alone isn’t the problem let me just emphasise
If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise
You’re being productive and present not reserved and reclused
You’re being awake and attentive and putting your time to good use

So when you’re in public and you start to feel alone
Put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone
You don’t need to stare at your menu or at your contact list
Just talk to one another, learn to co-exist

I can’t stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train
When no one wants to talk for the fear of looking insane
We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
To engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes.

We’re surrounded by children who since they were born
Have watched us living like robots and think it’s the norm
It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s greatest Dad
If you can’t entertain a child without using an iPad

When I was a child I’d never be home
I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we’d roam
I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze up my knees
Or build our own clubhouse high up in the trees

Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill
See no children outside and the swings hanging still
There’s no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple
We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones 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 that being there can make

Be there in the moment as she gives you the look
That you remember forever as when love overtook
The time she first held your hand or first kissed your lips
The time you first disagreed but still loved her to bits

The time you don’t have to tell hundreds of what you’ve just done
Because you want to share this moment with just this one.
The time you sell your computer so you can buy a ring
For the girl of your dreams who is now the real thing

The time you want to start a family and the moment when
You first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again
The time she keeps you up at nights and all you want is rest
And the time you wipe away the tears as your baby flees the nest

The time your baby girl returns with a boy for you to hold
And the time he calls you Grandad and makes you feel real old
The time you take in all you’ve made when you’re giving life attention
And how you’re real glad you didn’t waste it by looking down at some invention

The time you hold your wife’s hand, sit down beside her bed.
You tell her that you love her, lay a kiss upon her head.
She then whispers to you quietly as her heart gives a final beat
That she’s lucky she got stopped by that lost boy in the street

But none of these times ever happened. You never had any of this
When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss

So look up from your phones, shut down those displays
We have a finite existence, a set number of days
Don’t waste your life getting caught in the net
because when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret

I am guilty too of being part of this machine
this digital world we are heard but not seen
where we type as we talk and read as we chat
where we spend hours together without making eye-contact

So don’t give in to a life where you follow the 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

Look up from your phone, shut down the display
Stop watching this video, live life the real way.

What we don’t need a study to tell us: We’re extremely overwhelmed by all the accounts we manage


How many social media platforms and email accounts do you have? If you’re anything like me, you have way too many and more than you can really manage.

 

Here’s my breakdown:

Social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, GetGlue, New Myspace, Reddit

Other accounts: Blog/website, Slideshare, Quora, StumbleUpon

Email: work, personal, PRSSA, spam

That’s 19 different accounts to manage… not to mention the others I’m working on during that for clients. Add a few more! Who knows how many more I actually have out there that I’ve forgotten about as well.

Click for source.

Click for source.

 

It’s no wonder we’re all a little burnt out and seeking a social media vacation! A new study from MyLife.com says 50% of adult Internet users want a social vacation. We’re overwhelmed with the increasing number of social networks and how many platforms (social and email) we have to manage.



The study also found:

- 42% of general users manage multiple social networking profiles

- 51% of users belong to more social networks or visit their networks more frequently than they did two years ago.

- 61% of 18-34 year-olds manage multiple accounts (I thought this number would be… 100%)

- The average adult manages 3.1 email addresses, up from 2.6 a year ago. Overall, 35% of those surveyed spend more than 31 minutes a day visiting social sites, and reading and responding to emails.

- Almost 60% experience anxiety as a result of missing an important event or status update if they don’t monitor their social networks

- More than 50% report a fear of missing out

 

The study goes on to report 52% plan to or want to take a vacation from one or more of their accounts this year. Some things to blame include irrelevant updates and lack of time. I think those are relevant stats as I really am tired of Facebook, but still feel the need to use it, and have found myself using social media less and less.


Are you tired of any social networks? What networks would you quit?

 

Full infographic and study:

Infographi via MyLife. Click for original post.

Infographic via MyLife. Click for original post.