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"I have 422 friends. Yet I am lonely.

I speak to all of them every day, yet none of them seem to know me.


The problems I have sit in the the spaces between

Looking into their eyes or at a name on a screen

I took a step back and opened my eyes

I looked around and realized

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

Of community, companionship, a sense of conclusion

Yet when you step away from this device of delusion

You awaken to see a world of confusion

To a world where we are slaves, to the technology we've 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, as if our lives are glistening

But we don't even know, if anyone is listening


Being alone isn't a problem, let me emphasize

If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise

You're being productive and present, not reserved and recluse

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 and step away from the phone

You don't need to stare at a menu, or at your contact list

Just talk to one another and learn to co-exist

I can't stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train

Where no one wants to talk through the fear of looking insane


We're no longer being social it no longer satisfies

To engage with one another, and look into each others 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 an iPad


When I was a child I'd never be home

I'd be out with my friends on our bikes we would roam

I'd wear holes in my trainers and graze up my knees

We'd build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees

Now the parks so quiet it gives me a chill

I 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 and make the most of today

Just one real connection is all it can take

To show you the difference 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'll 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 that moment when

You first hold your little girl, and fall in love again

The time she keeps you up at night, when all you want is rest

And the times you'll 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 Granddad, and makes you feel real old


The time you take in all you made, by giving life attention

And how you're glad you didn't waste it, by looking down at some invention

The time you hold your wife's hand, sat down beside her bed

You tell her that you love her, and lay a kiss upon her head

She then whispers to you quietly as her heart gives a final beat

That's 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 phone, 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 where we are heard but not seen

Where we type as we talk and we read as we chat

Where we spend ours together without making eye contact

So don't give into the 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


So look up from your phone, shut down that display

Stop reading this thread, and live life the real way."


Gary Turk





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Don't make me think about my life on a sunday, Jolteon.

That is poison for me. 


Seriously though: Nice read. :3

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Lol all my FB friends are sharing this video.

I think people should interact more, but getting completely rid of technology is bad too. We just need more of a balance.

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You should add the video to the original post, it's works well with the powerful message.

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