MetroFocus

NATIONAL DISCONNECT

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>>> ARE WE USING TECHNOLOGY, OR
IS TECHNOLOGY USING US?
AND IF SO, SHOULDN'T WE UNPLUG
AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER?
SOCIAL PLATFORMS WERE INITIALLY
CREATED TO BE A PLACE WHERE WE
CAN ALL CONNECT.
SHARE AND CARE.
BUT IS THAT REALLY WHAT'S
HAPPENING?
A NEW DOCUMENTARY, CALLED LIFE
LIKE EXPLORES THE REAL IMPACT ON
SOCIAL MEDIA ON OUR DAILY LIVES
AND THE EFFECT IT HAS ON OUR
BRAINS.
HERE'S A PREVIEW.
>> WHEN TWO BILLION PEOPLE HAVE
SMARTPHONES TODAY, AND ARE
CHECKING THEM ABOUT ON AVERAGE
150 TIMES EVERY DAY, WHAT DOES
THE WORLD LOOK LIKE WHERE TWO
BILLION PEOPLE ARE CHECKING OUT
DEVICES, 150 TIMES A DAY?
>> IN SOCIAL MEDIA, YOU NEED TO
HAVE SOME FIX --
>> I THINK I HAVE AN UNHEALTHY
RELATIONSHIP WITH MY PHONE AND
SOCIAL MEDIA.
>> I'M A BIT ADDICTED TO IT.
I USE MY PHONE TOO MUCH.
>> WE WANT TO HAVE THAT
RECOGNITION OF PEOPLE SEEING
LIKE EVERYTHING WE'RE DOING, AND
WE WANT TO HAVE THOSE COMMENT,
AND THE LIKES, AND REASSURE
YOURSELF THAT WHAT YOU'RE DOING
IS GOOD.
>> THE THING THAT I THINK IS
MOST IMPORTANT FOR TEENAGERS, SO
YOUNG PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, THESE
DEVICES ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR YOU
IN MANY WAYS.
THAT YOU ARE NOT THE CUSTOMER.
YOU ARE THE PRODUCT BEING SOLD
HERE.
AND ARE YOU REALLY USING
TECHNOLOGY, OR IS TECHNOLOGY
USING YOU?
>> JOINING ME NOW IS THE FILM'S
DIRECTOR, SHEILA ANDREAN,
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> I GUESS THE BIG QUESTION IS,
SHOULD WE UNPLUG?
>> I THINK WE NEED TO FIND A WAY
TO CREATE BALANCE IN OUR LIVES
WITH OUR TECHNOLOGY.
>> SO THAT'S A GOOD PIECE OF
ADVICE.
BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I
FOUND SO INTERESTING, ESPECIALLY
AS A JOURNALIST, AND OF COURSE,
WE'LL GET TO THAT THE EFFECT
THAT IT IS HAVING ON YOUNG
PEOPLE, BUT IT'S ALMOST PART OF
MY JOB TO CONSTANTLY BE CHECKING
MY PHONE.
>> YES, NO, IT IS NOT ONLY PART
OF OUR JOB BUT IT IS ALSO, IT'S
WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR
LIVES.
I MEAN JUST OUR EXISTENCE, HOW
WE CONNECT WITH FAMILY, OUR
KIDS, YOU KNOW, LATEST NEWS,
WORK, IT IS, YOU KNOW, WE CAN'T
LIVE WITHOUT IT.
AND SINCE WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
IT, KIND OF LIKE FOOD, WE HAVE
TO LEARN HOW, WE HAVE TO LEARN
MODERATION.
WE HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO USE IT
IN HEALTHY WAYS.
>> THERE WAS A TIME WHEN PEOPLE
WOULD JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER
BUT APPARENTLY FOR THE
GENERATION THAT IS BEHIND ME,
IT'S ALMOST ENTIRELY EXISTING ON
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.
>> IT IS REALLY INTERESTING, WE
WERE FILMING, WE FILMED IN HONG
KONG, AND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED
STATES, AND WE PROBABLY FILMED
ABOUT 75 STUDENTS, FROM ALL OVER
THE WORLD, AND THEY ALL AGREED
THAT IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE
SCHOOLS TAUGHT A COURSE IN HOW
TO HAVE A FACE TO FACE REAL LIVE
CONVERSATION AND I SAID WELL,
WHAT WOULD THAT ENTAIL AND THEY
SAID, WHERE DO YOU LOOK AND
WHERE DO YOU PUT YOUR HANDS AND
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR BODY?
BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT USED TO
TALKING FACE TO FACE.
THEY'RE USED TO HAVING A SCREEN.
IT IS ALMOST PART OF THEIR
NERVOUS SYSTEM.
BECAUSE THEY'VE ONLY GROWN UP
WITH THAT.
>> THIS IS HOW YOUNG PEOPLE ARE
SORT OF COMING OF AGE.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXPECT THEM TO
BE ABLE TO DRAWBACK SOME?
OR ARE WE ASKING FOR TOO MUCH?
>> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, IT'S NOT
ASKING TOO MUCH, IT IS A BIG,
IT'S A BIG TASK.
BECAUSE WE HAVE, IN SOME WAYS
BECAME LAZY, LIKE CELL PHONES
AND iPADS HAVE BECOME
BABYSITTERS FOR OUR KIDS, WHEN
WE GO TO DINNER BECAUSE IT KEEPS
THEM QUIET AND OCCUPIED, AND
ROAD TRIPS, YOU'RE NOT LOOKING
OUTSIDE, YOU'RE LOOKING DOWN,
AND THEY'RE NOT NOTICING LIFE
AROUND THEM.
THEY'VE BEEN PROGRAMMED THIS WAY
SINCE BIRTH.
THEY'RE OUT AT THE PARK WITH
THEIR MOM OR DAD AND IN A
STROLLER EVEN AND MOM AND DAD
ARE ON THEIR POEN PHONE.
WHAT THEY SEE IS MOM AND DAD ON
THEIR PHONE.
THEY SEE EVERYONE ON THEIR
PHONE.
WE ARE MODELING THAT FOR THEM.
>> THE DOCTOR IN THE MOVIE SAID,
YOU CAN'T REALLY MONITOR HOW
MUCH YOU'RE ON A PHONE, THAT'S
NOT THE WAY TO GO ABOUT IT, BUT
YOU CAN DO IS MONITOR HOW MUCH
YOU'RE OFF THE PHONE.
SO START TO DEVELOP, I THINK THE
RECOMMENDATION, WAS THREE HOURS
OFFLINE EVERY DAY, AND THAT'S
AFTER HOMEWORK, AFTER SCHOOL,
AND START TO CULTIVATE, YOU
KNOW, INTERACTION WITH YOUR
FAMILY, AND WITH YOUR FRIENDS,
THAT OFFLINE.
>> THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS AND
I THINK THE SAME DOCTOR FROM THE
FILM, WHO I THINK BROUGHT UP THE
IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO BE
BORED, THAT IT IS OKAY TO JUST
HAVE THAT DOWNTIME, AND I FIND
MYSELF DOING IT, IF I'M WAITING
FOR THE SUBWAY OR SOMETHING, I'M
NOT LOOKING FOR LIKES, BUT I'M
MINDLESSLY SCROLLING THROUGH
SOMETHING.
AND ACTUALLY HAVING THAT
DOWNTIME FOR YOUR BRAIN IS
IMPORTANT.
>> IT'S KEY.
I THINK IT'S KEY TO THE FUTURE
OF OUR CIVILIZATION.
IF WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO
IMAGINE, TIME TO THINK, TIME TO
FEEL, WE'RE NOT GOING TO EVER BE
COMFORTABLE IN OUR BODIES.
>> WELL, I DEFINITELY THINK IT'S
SOMETHING FOR US ALL TO KEEP IN
MIND AND PERHAPS A GOOD CHANCE
FOR ADULTS TO LEAD AND SHOW THE
WAY WITH THIS UNPLUGGING
MOVEMENT.
I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR
CREATING THIS FILM.
IT IS WORTH WATCHING.
BECAUSE IF NOTHING ELSE, IT
FORCES TO YOU CHECK YOURSELF.
AND I THINK SO MANY OF US JUST
TRY TO NOT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT
OUR USAGE IS.
BUT THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.
>>> THE NATIONAL DAY OF
UNPLUGGING STARTS ON FRIDAY,
MARCH 1st.
THE FILM "LIKE" PREMIERES ON
MARCH 2nd.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT OUR
WEB SITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.


URL: https://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2019/03/national-disconnect/