look up – a poem by gary turk

look-up-gary-turk-poemWhen I first saw this video, I cried. Then went looking for a written text copy of Gary Turk’s “Look Up”. I couldn’t find one so I ventured into the real world to write it myself. One more piece to consider for all conscious souls in business using the internet today…

 

Look Up 

 

I have 422 friends yet I am lonely
I speak to all of them everyday yet none of them really know me
The problem I have sits in the space in-between
Looking into their eyes or at a name on a screen

I took a step back and opened my eyes
I looked round and realised
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
Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
When you step away from this device of delusion
You awaken to see a world of confusion

A world where we’re slaves to the technology we 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 till our lives are glistening
We don’t even know if anyone is listening

Being alone isn’t the problem let me just emphasise
If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise
You’re being productive and present not reserved and reclused
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, step away from the phone
You don’t need to stare at your menu or at your contact list
Just talk to one another, learn to co-exist

I can’t stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train
When no one wants to talk for the fear of looking insane
We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
To engage with one another and look into someone’s 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 using an iPad

When I was a child I’d never be home
I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we’d roam
I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze up my knees
Or build our own clubhouse high up in the trees

Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill
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, make the most of today
Just one real connection is all it can take
To show you the difference that 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 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 the moment when
You first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again
The time she keeps you up at nights and all you want is rest
And the time you 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 Grandad and makes you feel real old
The time you take in all you’ve made when you’re giving life attention
And how you’re real glad you didn’t waste it by looking down at some invention

The time you hold your wife’s hand, sit down beside her bed.
You tell her that you love her, lay a kiss upon her head.
She then whispers to you quietly as her heart gives a final beat
That 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 phones, 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 we are heard but not seen
where we type as we talk and read as we chat
where we spend hours together without making eye-contact

So don’t give in to a 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

Look up from your phone, shut down the display
Stop watching this video, live life the real way.

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  1. Dhruv says:

    This is so moving, and well written. i am gonna share it (y)

  2. Dionisio Dala says:

    Wow..! I think it is the most touching poem I ever read in this era!
    It made me think two times whether I still can keep my device on for a while to comment or I got shut it down now!
    It tells part of my life as it has been lately, and I’ve assumed I have problem of socializing.
    Thanks for share this nice poem. I don’t know if I share or just get away from this “online world” for a while.
    Thanks once again.

    Ps: I just got it from my professor. I think he thought of his student while was reading it!

    • Mirror says:

      Hi Dionisio – thank you so much for sharing a little of your experience with me! It’s definitely a problem that affects many of us. I certainly don’t have the answers as yet but I suspect it’s about us being connected on an internal level first and foremost and then acting from there. The more we’re connected to our own hearts, the more that will inform every thing we share (or choose not to share) online and how much time we invest in social media. Also for me, it’s about clarity around my own motivations for using facebook – do I genuinely have something meaningful and loving to say or am I looking for validation? Am I wanting this screen to help me feel more connected rather than going and hanging out with people? Big questions. An ongoing exploration I reckon. I can’t wait to hear what you discover on your own journey! :)

  3. Jan says:

    Bravo Mirror!

  4. Colette says:

    I am so aware of the differences in the relationships I had with my parents and grandparents, compared to the relationships I have with my children and grandchildren. Until they died, never a week went by that I didn’t talk with my parents. Our four children rarely call or write, and it is near impossible to communicate with our grandchildren. I pray that this “video poem” will help people see how they are cutting themselves off from the ones they TRULY love and care about. My heart will remember this beautiful passage for a long, long time. Thank you.

    • Mirror says:

      I have that same prayer, Colette! At the moment I’m in a very poor part of the Philippines and for the first time in my life, am interacting daily with children who have had no exposure to technology at all – no smart phones, no computers at school and no television. They are the most incredible kids! Engaged. Inventive. Independent. Questioning, confident and interested in what’s going on around them. This experience has shown me that it’s almost a crime against humanity to raise children with screens.

      But I also understand the major difficulties in making other choices in a society where the majority don’t yet understand how damaging it is, how interwoven technology is into every day life and how everyone is doing it so it must be OK… big issues for every parent to face with their eyes open.

      I guess the individual has to awaken one by one… and kids these days are so turned on and plugged in, they feel the problem – they know how disconnecting it really is. And when they are ready, they will make other choices (or be forced to by global meltdown or something!).

  5. Lee Mac says:

    Thank you for making a transcript of Gary Turk’s poem. My girlfriend is from the Ukraine and does not fulling understands spoke English very well. We have had some minor issues with social media in our relationship. She sometimes getting too caught in the drama on chosen site.I also, am guilty, I work in a field that heavily uses social media marketing. It is a very effective tool.

    I have tried to express to her why I dislike Social Media sites, and Gray Turk, did it in such an elegant way. He expressed everything that I have wanted and tried to explain to her. Especially being engaged in the now, looking into the other person’s eye as you are talking to them. Nothing is more frustrating then when you are talking to someone and they are looking down at the phone and not at you.

    Thank you again for taking the time to do this. Now, maybe she can understand that my motives were of love and now we can be active partners together in life.

    • Mirror says:

      My pleasure, Lee! This message has touched so many people in different ways and I’m so happy I could help. I’m traveling in a third-world country at the moment and I’m discovering how different the internet is in other countries – at home, watching a video is very easy but here, things take AGES to download and I often can’t see images people post on facebook so I’m so happy I could provide this text version for people who use the internet (and language) in different ways.

      I hope all goes well with you and your girlfriend, Lee! I know what you mean about how it feels to be talking to someone who is distracted by technology (in fact, I’ve occasionally been that person myself!). It takes an effort, a big desire to make different choices with our energy and how we use it – not just take the easier road because everyone is doing it.

      Big work. Big job to disconnect. But worth doing and I love that we’re doing it together!

  6. Thank you very much for writting the lyrics of the poem. I could not find it on the whole internet.
    I will link up in my (in spanish) blog.

    • Mirror says:

      You are so welcome, Gaston! I couldn’t either and I’m so glad I could provide it for everyone :)

  7. Mae says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the text. I shared a post of the video last week, and can’t really get some of the words he used. I’ll link this on my follow-up post. Thanks again.

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  9. Leda says:

    This text dereves to be studied by High School young students who are loosing their life and identity.

    • Mirror says:

      So true, Leda… I hope one day soon this and many others like it will be.

    • Heather says:

      So true! I used Mirror’s written words with Gary Turk’s video for 8th graders to compare the warnings of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 future to today’s present technology concerns. They then created a warning from those two sources. The kids really got into it, and Turk’s messages really illustrated some of the warnings Bradbury included in his book. Thanks Mirror (and Gary Turk)!!

      • Mirror says:

        You are so welcome, Heather! I’m so happy to hear the 8th graders got into it! It all starts with awareness and conversation for us and the children of this (and future) generations. Kids have SO much access to information today so the more perspectives we can give them, the freer they are to come to they’re own conclusions. What a gift you have given them.

  10. Alexandre Ferreira says:

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  11. tyler says:

    pretentious garbage.

    i decided to address this and point out why this piece of social media does not do a good thing, and why the message presented is not positive – it, in fact, vilifies a medium of expression that has resulted in many of us being able to have friends in far away places we normally would never meet.

    i also want to point out that i think a message like this could be carried out better – better focused, better delivered, and sharpened to a less extreme view that doesn’t manifest as a pretentious jab to anyone that does a majority of their socializing online. because yes, it’s important to have a measure of moderation, and focusing in on the virtual can be harmful. but social media isn’t the villain. it’s a supplement, not a substitute.

    commentary below. it’s long. read if you want.

    **
    “I have 422 friends yet I am lonely
    I speak to all of them everyday yet none of them really know me”
    **

    i’m gonna take this at face value. i’d just like to point out that part of the problem I’m seeing here is “422 friends” and talking to… even close to “all of them everyday” leaves you just under 3 and a half minutes of “quality bonding time” for each of them, and that would be assuming you did literally nothing but talk to them all day – no bathrooms breaks, no eating, no getting up or putting down the phone at all. lets take it as exaggeration. say you talk to a 4th of them. 100 people a day. 15 min tops of interaction each, assuming no breaks.

    when you spread yourself thin, yeah, it’s hard for people to get to know you. as for them not really knowing you, it begs the question of why they are your “friends” in the first place. unless of course this last little bit is just an indicator of how #deep you are.

    **
    “All this technology we have it’s just an illusion
    Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
    When you step away from this device of delusion
    You awaken to see a world of confusion”
    **

    “technology is an illusion”. this whole implication that interaction over the net is somehow inferior to real life is a recurring trend that gets touched on throughout the video. it seems to miss out on the general idea that social media isn’t, to anyone sensible, meant to be a direct substitute for social interaction in all ways. it is a supplement. it means you can be social when it would otherwise be impractical. you can touch base with a friend that lives 45 minutes away instead of driving over for an hour just to say hey, sup, how’s your day.

    also, some of us don’t/didn’t have friends before the internet helped us find some. like, do not actually have friends our own age, because maybe we dislike the people we work with, work from home, moved away from high school, did not make friends in high school, whatever. i would guess this is not a majority, but these are people that this video straight up attacks. not having meaningful friendships is hard. social media or the internet can give us the means to remedy that. it can make a tough life sufferable.

    **
    “A world where we’re slaves to the technology we 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”
    **

    idk how the rich greedy bastard ties into things, nor do i understand the whole “we’re slaves” thing, and i’d more or less say these two lines in this section of the poem are unnecessary. as for the latter two, yeah, sure, there comes a point where too much tv, too much internet, too much anything becomes unhealthy. vilifying an entire medium of expression is not the solution to that. it takes a special kind of pretentious and arrogant to imply that we all are just “leaving out the emotion” on social media, or skype, or the internet, or whatever not-real-life-mode-of-expression we use. these things allow us to stay close and personal with people who are far away from us. we can talk, laugh, share videos. the alternative is what, nothing? if it’s not in real life it doesn’t count?

    i guess i can understand having a complete lack of ability to see where i’m coming from if you have no sense of how to maintain intimacy and personality over the net. i mean, 422 friends, none of them “know you”, clearly actual real friends. the issue i’m seeing here DEFINITELY isn’t the screen in front of you, mr. turk.

    **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**

    well yeah, of course it’s nicer to visit niagara falls or whatever with all 10 of our closest friends or more, but people have obligations, commitments, costs. you may not be able to share that intimate moment with everyone, but whats the harm in taking a few pictures for them? of course it’s not the same, but what is this whole strawman thing going on? idk about you, but if my friends NEED me, need to talk to me, I can be there for them in a meaningful fashion even if we’ve never necessarily met in person before.

    you use a group message to set things up, yeah? like, hey, we’re meeting for this thing, or hey, let’s get together and do this sometime? or, wait, i guess we use group messages for different things, socially.

    **
    “We edit and exaggerate, crave adulation
    We pretend not to notice the social isolation
    We put our words into order till our lives are glistening
    We don’t even know if anyone is listening”
    **

    you definitely exaggerate. craving adulation might be normal, but for a lot of us that can be contentment in the praise and warmth of a very small circle of friends. i don’t know what you mean by “pretending not to notice the social isolation”, because that sounds like a deeply personal issue.

    when you feel isolated in the company of others, you need to change your environment. and newsflash, it goes both ways. have you ever been to a party, and felt alone? maybe you should step away from the crowd and find comfort in a close friend that will pay attention to you. if you feel lonely on social media, I agree, the smart thing to do would be to probably hop off and talk to someone in the flesh if you have that option. if not, a skype call might be the solution. i’ve had facetime with people over the net and it’s cheered me right up in those trying times. getting up and changing my surroundings has helped too.

    the onus of changing your environment in response to loneliness falls upon you, the person. and that is a good message to share, i think. unfortunately, this video does not do that. it more or less sets up social media as the cause and scapegoat.

    **
    “Being alone isn’t the problem let me just emphasise
    If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise
    You’re being productive and present not reserved and reclused
    You’re being awake and attentive and putting your time to good use”
    **

    i take all kinds of issue with this part. see, some people can only handle so much social interaction and value time alone, in peace, in quiet. i don’t care for the assertion that this is the antithesis of “productivity”, “being present”, “awake”, “attentive”, or “putting your time to good use”. additionally, you can be reclusive and reserved without being on your computer or smartphone.

    **
    “So when you’re in public and you start to feel alone
    Put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone
    You don’t need to stare at your menu or at your contact list
    Just talk to one another, learn to co-exist”
    **

    ugggggggggggghh.

    okay, i can’t speak for everyone. maybe this is a real valid thing that some people can do regularly. i cannot do this. i cannot, can NOT strike up conversation with random people on a regular or frequent basis. every once in a while i get an opening and see a chance to go for it. a majority of the time, i am painfully aware of the fact that my interests and my perspectives on life and people put me at odds with a lot of others. that is not a statement of arrogance or superiority so much as it is acknowledging the fact that other people out there are very different from me. i get uncomfortable when strangers talk to me on the bus. sometimes i just wish that they’d -not- do that. i’m not even on the phone at the time, i just do not want to deal with these people. some of them are bizarre, frightening, weird, or loud and expressive and/or outright confrontational with their opinions and worldviews. if i want to debate politics or something i’ll find a debate forum, or call my dad.

    **
    “I can’t stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train
    When no one wants to talk for the fear of looking insane
    We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
    To engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes.”
    **

    you can talk to strangers on a bus and maybe make some friends, but you’re gonna have a temporary cure to your loneliness here and who, out of these people, are gonna “really know you”? some of us might agree with the fear of looking insane, but some of us are on the bus going to work, or coming from work, and just want to get it done. the social media isn’t the problem here. i see the occasional person buried in their phone, but a lot of the silence is just people who are there. working class folk that don’t have exorbitant smartphones.

    you might be becoming unsocial with your huge bucket of not-actually-friends, as might be thousands of other people with the same problem, and you can blame social media for that if you like but i maintain the view that this issue is personal. i for one am more than happy to meet with a close friend, and i dont even do this regularly. my closest friends live a city over, about 30-45 min away. I see them once or twice a month, and that satisfies me. that doesn’t make me unsocial, I’m just content with “engaging one another/looking into someones eyes” on a less frequent basis than some others might be. does that make me a problem? if you think so, i guess all i have to say is you can just fuck right the hell off a cliff. okay hostility is over back to the poem.

    **
    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 using an iPad
    **

    uggggggggghhhhhhhhh. what are you talking about. we all still have jobs, still go pick up groceries, and generally still talk to people irl, especially when they live with us. before social media, we still had books. sometimes kids went outside and played at playgrounds or in suburban streets. sometimes we like doing things alone, by ourselves, and that doesn’t mean you’re living like a robot, even if said things happen to be on a computer.

    and i dont get your bit about world’s greatest dad. a dad that can’t bond with their child without an ipad has got bigger issues than just a social media problem.

    **
    When I was a child I’d never be home
    I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we’d roam
    I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze up my knees
    Or build our own clubhouse high up in the trees
    Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill
    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
    **

    UGGGGGHHHH
    okay, when I was a child full of energy and such before and during puberty before i started routinely demonstrating symptoms of depression, i did these things too. so did my little sister, and so do all the kids that go to telulah park every other day down by where i live. we drive by parks and see kids playing all the time. i dont know where you’re coming from. this might be just a familiar thing where you live. would i say it’s because of social media? MAYBE? IDK, but i doubt it? it might be because you live in a really high-population-density place where it’s harder for parents to keep track of their kids? idk? like london?

    what is this “no church and no steeple”? are we gonna go on about how the kids need to put down their smart phone -and- they apparently need jesus? religion’s still running strong, the churches are still being routinely built tall and strong, and they’re also, as far as i’m aware, not curing your perceived social media problem.

    **
    “So look up from your phone, shut down the display
    Take in your surroundings, make the most of today
    Just one real connection is all it can take
    To show you the difference that 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
    **

    this is the appeal to emotion section of the video where the guy more or less implies you’re gonna miss out on the love of your life if you don’t turn off your phone. because you can’t find love over social media, and social media can’t serve as an icebreaker prior to a connection forming in real life, apparently.

    **
    “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 sell your computer so you can buy a ring
    For the girl of your dreams who is now the real thing”
    **

    UGGGGGGGGGGGHHHH.
    yeah, people who liveblog/post/annotate every detail of their life over twitter can be annoying, sure, but we all have stuff we don’t share over social media for various reasons. and also, some of the interaction we have online can be private and/or intimate too. i mean, you can’t bang, obvs, but there’s plenty of interaction that can be meaningful without there bein’ any of that.

    and wh

    why

    a ring? for a computer?

    why? rings are this old tradition… which is nice if you’re into that… but i can’t play a game on it, can’t write a story on it, can’t look up the weather on it, can’t get the news on it, can’t watch a movie or paint a picture on it… i’d be selling out my friends i have that live in australia, ohio, scotland, california, etc. for… a ring, to i guess “prove my love”.

    idk man, too many kay’s jewelry commercials for you. my girlfriend over here on the couch 5 feet away from me doesn’t have nearly so unreasonable expectations of me.

    **
    “The time you want to start a family and the moment when
    You first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again
    The time she keeps you up at nights and all you want is rest
    And the time you 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 Grandad and makes you feel real old
    The time you take in all you’ve made when you’re giving life attention
    And how you’re real glad you didn’t waste it by looking down at some invention”
    **

    does any of this preclude browsing facebook or tumblr occasionally between the lulls? what if i wanna pass a message along to my grandma in minnesota that i’m gettin’ married, or i wanna call her? oh, i can’t do that and have a family at the same time? it’s a good thing i have an expert like you to help me out.

    **
    “The time you hold your wife’s hand, sit down beside her bed.
    You tell her that you love her, lay a kiss upon her head.
    She then whispers to you quietly as her heart gives a final beat
    That 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”
    **

    i met my girlfriend at work. some meet their lovers at laundromats, at churches, or… oh man, i’m gonna blow your mind. on the internet. holy shit, people get married when they meet on the internet occasionally. possibly MORE occasionally than they do in happenstance random bumps in the street.

    pointing out how we miss a lot of chances for little things in small ways every day isn’t a bad message, but this is getting really mucked up in the anti-technology thing it’s got going on. cutting ourselves off from technology denies us chances to educate and expand our horizons when traveling the world or going to a great college isn’t necessarily an option.

    **
    So look up from your phones, 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 we are heard but not seen
    **

    just like to chime in that i can see a friend on skype. that i meet up with friends AFTER making plans on the phone, over facebook, etc. just, yeah, okay, go on. chime-in done.

    **
    “…where we type as we talk and read as we chat
    where we spend hours together without making eye-contact
    So don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype
    Give people your love, don’t give them your “like””
    **

    “don’t follow the hype!” said the youtube video bashing technology with 39,399,865 views as of this writing. you can give people your love and your like, the things are not mutually exclusive.

    **
    “Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
    Go out into the world, leave distractions behind
    Look up from your phone, shut down the display
    Stop watching this video, live life the real way.”
    **

    i like this first part, “disconnect from the need to be heard and defined”. that’s something you can apply to social endeavors in the real and virtual. but again, mucked up in the anti-technology thing. the world is full of distractions, dangers, and sources of stress for a lot of us. it’s not wrong to want to limit your exposure from time to time.

    and “live life the real way”, pah, but pretentious garbage. “virtual interaction isn’t real” well i guess neither are phones, maybe we should just communicate via cave paintings, smoke signals, and grunts like cavemen because technology is bad.

    i already know what a lot of people would say from the youtube comments. “oh you need to get a life” or “you’re missing the point”, but I’m -not- missing the point. People like to watch this video and claim that the point is so deep and meaningful and profound but it’s a poem appealing to emotion and telling you that if interaction isn’t in person it’s not meaningful. It’s an extreme perspective and one that loses me. I can sympathize with a message saying, “hey, remember to come up for air because social media isn’t everything” because it’s not. I can dig a message that doesn’t excessively generalize or make scapegoats, but this is not that message.

    • Mirror says:

      Wow, Tyler – thank you. Every word of this is a brilliantly entertaining read and I love and agree with your point. For me it was – let’s not fight against the way things are – technology is here to stay, the internet is not the villain “Look Up” makes it out to be, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, being online creates much magic for many people in the world that would otherwise not be possible & do we really want a world of extremist anti-internet terrorists? Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  12. HI says:

    i felt the same way as you when i read this every time i watch this video or read this poem i i just know i am gonna cry its just to butiful

    • Mirror says:

      Yes, it’s pretty powerful stuff – so true. How blessed are we to hear the message? Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  13. Libby Ronayne says:

    This really affects me.
    I find it awesomely inspirational but I feel like it’s talking to me. I am one of those “Must be on the internet 24/7″ people. Although I am only 13 I never plan to get married. Instead I literally imagine my self being single, 25 laying in my bed with my cat on Tumblr. At the moment it is 1:21am and while my family sleeps here I am looking at my screen, allowing me to sleep in tomorrow due to lack of sleep. I will stay in bed until lunch missing out on morning activities. But none of these activities matter to me. My Dad shall make music on his synthesisers. My Mum will eat and chat online while my sister watches YouTube. This world is crazy. Full of madness. For our computers have become our masters.

    • Mirror says:

      Thank you for sharing, Libby. I guess we’re all finding our own way to balance in our relationship with technology. Not an easy journey. But one it sounds like you’ve begun. I don’t think there’s a right way or wrong way of going about it – just your way and what feels right to you.

  14. Valerie says:

    I absolutely love this poem!!! Truly inspirational to the people of our generation… My mum actually made a rule and said that I can’t get a phone until I graduate & get into University… :)

    • mirror says:

      Beautiful, Valerie! Sounds like a very wise mum you have… technology will always be there waiting for us in perfect time and a life led connected to the online world less is a good thing for our sense of personal freedom and self-discovery I reckon.

  15. Erosdvirus says:

    I so love the poem. So true. We are all enslaved by technology. We no longer see kids playing marbles, pick up sticks, or even rubber bands. What we can see in every kid’s hands are cellphones, iPod, iPad, PS4 console, etc.

    Technology is supposed to bridge people. To connect lives across the globe. But what happens nowadays is that people becomes too conscious of how they would look like in Facebook; what to boast to other people about what they recently ate, drink, wore, etc. People are becoming hypocrites. The sharing is no longer genuine but rather becomes a competition. How many likes you get from a post or how popular you become.

    Sad, but that’s reality.

    • mirror says:

      Yes, I can see that too sometimes, the sadness about what technology is creating here. I can also see the joy in awakening, as one by one, we make a different choice… Thank you so much for sharing Ernesto!

  16. Jz Fabellar says:

    i feel like he is talking to me,
    I have lived a life where I think I socialize,
    but through the computer,
    after class when my friends ask me to go hang out,
    i choose not to…
    we dont really speak to each other for long…
    and when i got home, I open my computer,
    where i think this social media is my world and I got everything I need in it…
    The only way my friends can talk to me is by chatting or texting me…
    But right now, it think this is all better than I socialize outside my home,
    I think im always in a safe place, and i feel secure…
    Im sorry, Nowadays, its really hard to find friends that promises to be true,
    and some of them are just to good to be true :(

    • mirror says:

      Thank you for sharing a little of your story here, Jz. At least we’re not alone feeling this sense of isolation – and choosing the safer option of connecting online rather than in the flesh. And it all starts with awareness. We can’t change anything until we’re fully aware of I reckon. One step at at a time :)

  17. the leech says:

    Social media is one of the biggest bullshit of all because we use it in a wrong way i admit im a part of this and i admit im a fan of this. but we lost a lot of people in our lives meeting people that we never really know why. id like to share that i will end my personal account in my social media life style and live like its 90 again i really love this poem. i have tried to deactivate for a long time because i waste many days of my life and i don’t care if i only have a couple of people around me at least it was real. its time to make a change… look up thank you Gary Turk

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