14 September 2013

De smartphone bestaat sinds 2007 en heeft snel furore gemaakt. Iets meer dan de helft van alle Nederlanders heeft er op dit moment een. Wat gebeurt er als iedereen zijn smartphone intensief gebruikt? Een video, getiteld I Forgot My Phone, laat de gevolgen zien (bron: youtube).

Charlene deGuzman heeft de film geschreven en speelt zelf de hoofdrol, Miles Crawford is de regisseur.

Na ruim drie weken is de video meer dan 22 miljoen keer bekeken, is (afgerond) 100.000 keer ge’like’d en heeft 7.000 ‘thumbs down’ gekregen. Wat voor effect zou de film hebben? Gaan mensen nadenken over hun eigen gedrag? Of lachen ze erom en denken ze verder niet na?

Is er iemand die de meer dan 15.000 commentaren leest? Een selectie:

Meggy G schreef:
It’s funny how majority of the people here say that they feel like this girl on the video, whilst the true majority of people are the ones with the smartphones in their hands all the time 🙂 haha. Maybe, the people that came to watch this video are the ones that don’t use smartphones… but I really doubt it 😛

DJWOLFEN01 schreef:
This is true but the friends I have are real friends. So if you are talking to friends and your phone rings do you do what most do – ignore the person who has taken the time or effort to be in front of you physically for the person who is satisfied with a virtual presence? Phones offer a convenience but carry a hidden slavery as well as to re-enforce the growing egocentricity that is killing insight and dumbing us down. I hate them.
I have never had a mobile/cell phone of any kind and I never will. I tell my friends to leave their phones in their cars and the moment my physical presence becomes secondary to someone else’s virtual presence I will walk out, walk away or leave. These phones are your identity cards and they contain all your data and place you geographically. I will not pay some phone company to have a life.

Philip Hunter schreef:
Smart phones are brand new modern technology, a novelty in 2013. People will soon get bored with the smartphone and use them less. For the same reason toys sit in the cupboard never to be used.

Benoit Verret schreef:
The saddest thing about this video is that it’s realistic.

robzta1968 schreef:
I think the main point is that people seem to be more sociable with their phones than they are with the human company they they are in…

Steve Kimble schreef:
The problem isn’t the phone, it’s the user who’s covering his or her insecurity by making it appear he or she is unique or loved enough by displaying common events.

GameDogLeader21 schreef:
lol My parents always tell me I’m sucked up in technology and stuff, but I don’t even have a phone lol. Whenever I talk to my mom she’s alwaaaaaaaaaaays on her phone wtfs

the0bubb schreef:
If it wasn’t for my smartphone I wouldn’t ever have seen this video.

De video staat ook op andere websites. Hierbij enkele commentaren op

0signal schreef:
I experienced something similar with a woman I had been interested in a few weeks ago. She spent virtually every minute outside of dinner on her smart phone, ignoring her six-year-old daughter because she was busy looking at Vines and updating her Facebook. I lost all interest in her because of that.

JRW schreef:
On the upside, my wife and I live for the pics my stepdaughter send us of our granddaughter every night. I mean, that’s why we go ON.

JShum schreef:
I do not have a smart phone. I don’t have a cell phone. I did, but I got rid of it because my kids started asking for them and I didn’t want them to get them. I figured it’d be easier to tell them no if I wasn’t scrolling on my phone when they asked. My husband, however, has his iphone still and I live that first and last scene. So annoying.

fancypantsdance schreef:
I’m a middle school teacher, and last year I chaperoned a 7th grade Texas history trip (Austin, San Antonio, Gonzalez…). We had three big buses of 12/13 year old students, and we spent a couple of days driving around central Texas exploring some pretty awesome places. I stood up on the bus on the drive down 71 from Houston to Austin, which is actually a beautiful drive, and the kids were totally silent. On one hand, YAY! On the other hand… I finally called out, ‘what are y’all doing??’ One of the girls held her iPhone up in the air in response. I then said ‘literally everyone you know is on this bus – who could you be talking to?’
They were talking to each other. We were all in the same enclosed space, and they were talking to each other via iMessage and snapchat instead of having an actual conversation. The realization that this trend is only going to continue snowballing is is depressing and more than a little bit frightening.

Nefertitties reageerde hierop met:
The story would have been better if you had ended with: “And so, as the authority figure, I instructed them to put their phones away and instead talk to each other a bit face to face, which they did. About a week after the trip ended, a parent contacted me, which is often a bad thing, but this time it was to thank me. Apparently their daughter had returned from the trip and handed in her phone to them, asking that they restrict it for 911 emergencies only, as it was intended to be when they originally gave it to her. Other children in the class have been following suit. It’s been amazing and I am going to start a national movement.”


(Dank aan Eric Roscam Abbing, voor de link naar deze video)

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