A recent report says we spend an average of two
hours and 40 minutes each day looking at a smartphone. That doesn’t mean
making calls, but using apps and browsing the Web. Spend that amount of
time staring at anything.
Checked our email in a restaurant,
Instagrammed a picture of the food when it arrived, or checked a fact
during a conversation only to be drawn into reading more instead of
contributing verbally. It’s no secret our lives are being affected by
our obsession with smartphones.
However, never before has this phenomenon been portrayed so poignantly
as in the short YouTube film I Forgot My Phone. Despite only being
online for a few days, it’s already been viewed more than 10.5 million
Ironically, YouTube’s statistics show that
the site gets a billion views per day from mobile devices, so a lot of
those people watched it on their phone.
The short film, written by and starring
actress Charlene deGuzman, shows groups of people in various social
situations, the majority of which are utterly engrossed
by their phones instead of the world around them. It’s depressing
because we’ve all seen it, and sad because to a certain extent, we all