This is a short animation called Mr Selfie by We Are Seventeen. It is the perfect portrayal of our reliance on phones. We use them when we wake up, when we go to bed, to help us fall asleep. We have our phones on us when we are in the bathroom, travelling, walking around, through events, and basically every aspect in life.
Something we have all no doubt noticed is the increasing fixation with what is going on our smartphones – if it’s not ourselves, then we regularly see other people walking down the street pre-occupied with their phones, we see buses and trains full of commuters fixated on their little screens desperate for some information fix and it’s not uncommon to see friends in restaurants interacting with their phones rather than each other – all missing what is going on around them and reducing their quality of life as a result.
Maybe, just maybe it’s time to put the phone down. Even if it is for a little while.