This YouTube video, “I Forgot My Iphone”, follows an average girl throughout her day and exposes some of the annoyances technology or for this example; phones can bring when in a social setting. This video in my opinion is very accurate according to the way society is constantly on their phone and not paying attention to the world that surrounds them; even though most of us don’t like to admit it. The video is sending a strong message of how technology, mainly cellphones, has taken away the value of spending quality time with people and engaging in meaningful social interactions. When the girl wakes up and falls asleep with her boyfriend while he is on his phone, shows the lack of quality time that should be spent between the two of them, but is not happening because technology is getting in the way. Falling asleep and waking up with someone should be something that we embrace, not something that we take for granted. When she is out running in the wilderness while her partner is on his phone, it is showing the way society can’t even enjoy the beauty that nature brings, and would rather spend time talking on the phone or be occupied with something more satisfying. We all have done this at one point; talking in a group of friends and are multitasking between engaging in conversation and checking updates on social networking sites or texting other friends that aren’t presently face-to-face. The girls’ facial expression shows that she is a little hurt by the fact that her friends find their phones more important than what she is saying because she started laughing when nobody else caught on. She then watches a couple take pictures of them kissing, which is meant to show how couples can’t even show a simple act of love without having to keep a documented picture of it, or post it to their news feed. There is a young girl who should be enjoying her youth and swinging on the swing set, but is already getting swallowed by the desire to use technology. This can also point out how young our society is starting out in the world of technology, taking away from their childhood and memories that truly matter.
Next she is with her friend who is very rudely snapping selfies of herself while she is talking. This is showing how cell phones are beginning to interfere with social interactions and take away the enjoyment of spending time with someone. In this case, it proves how horrible of a friend she is because the girl talking doesn’t even get included in the picture, so they can’t share any connection at all during their interaction. Afterwards she is in some sort of lecture or classroom setting where she is being distracted by the classmate laughing and filming the instructor, something that exposes how cell phones could be a distraction in class; although this is an extreme example. (We are all a little smarter than that right?) Then she at a bowling alley with a group of friends where she goes up to bowl and is so excited about her turn, yet she turns around to find out that nobody was watching or supporting her, let alone engaged in the activity whatsoever. Next she is at a concert where the two people in front of her are filming it, causing her to not be able to see what’s happening. This addresses the issue of not being able to fully enjoy something without having to keep track of it, send it to friends, or update everyone on what he or she is doing tonight. The second to last part shows the girl singing happy birthday to her friend while holding the cake and completely engaged in what is going on, while the person being sung to is too busy taking pictures with the people sitting on the couch, and everyone else in the room is also on their phones, which shows how even a special day like a birthday is taken for granted and so rudely ignored with the help of cell phones. Lastly, after a long day the girl gets back in bed with her boyfriend and turns off the lights, and instantly he ignores her and opens his phone to text, update his status, etc. This video put me in the position of the girl, because I’m usually the friend who’s always on the phone, and it actually makes me feel bad for her. I know that when I’m with my friends and I’m on my phone they start to act weird towards me, thinking, “she’s completely ignoring me”, when really I claim I can multitask. Along with engaging in any social setting I think a lot of people in our society today, including myself struggle with knowing when the appropriate time to use their phone is. This video definitely gives people a good insight on how people see it from the other side. Whether the person “forgot their phone”, are grandparents who aren’t technically savvy, someone who genuinely loves you and are actually engaged in what is going on between you two, or even being a teacher or someone who finds their efforts distracted by the use of cell phones, it definitely made me think about the way I come off towards people when I’m constantly on my phone.