Look Up | Gary Turk – Official Video

I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely. I speak to all of them every day, yet
none of them really know me. The problem I have sits in the spaces between, looking into their eyes or at a name on a screen. I took a step back and opened my eyes, I looked around and realized, 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 yet, 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 our information gets sold
by some rich greedy bastard. A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion, where we share all our best bits,
but leave out the emotion. We are at our most happy with an
experience we share, but is it the same if no one is there? Be there for you friends, and they’ll be there too, but no one will be, if a group message will do. We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation, we pretend not to notice the social isolation. We put our words into order
until our lives are glistening, we don’t even know if anyone is listening. Being alone isn’t the problem, let me just emphasize, if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise, you’re being productive, and present,
not reserved or recluse, 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
through 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 cant entertain a child without a using an iPad. When I was a child, I would never be home, I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we would roam. We’d wear holes in our trainers, and graze up our knees; we’d build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees. Now the parks are so quiet, it gives me a chill to see no children outside and the swings hanging still. There’s no skipping or 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 that display, take in your surroundings, and 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, when she gives you the look, that you remember forever, as when love overtook. The time you first hold her hand, or first kiss her lips, the time you first disagree, but still love her to bits. The time you don’t need to tell hundreds, about what you’ve just done, because you want to share the 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 baby girl, and get to fall in love again. The time she keeps you up at night, and all you want is rest, and the time you wipe away the tears, as your baby flees the nest. The time your little girl returns, with a boy for you to hold, and the day he calls you granddad, and makes you feel real old The time you take in all you’ve made, just by giving life attention, and how your glad you didn’t waste it, by looking down at some invention The time you hold your wife’s hand, and sit down beside her bed you tell her that you love her, and 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 phone, shut down those displays, we have a finite existence, a set number of days. Don’t waste your life getting caught in the net, as when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret. I am guilty too, of being part of this machine, this digital world, where we are heard but not seen. Where we type and don’t talk, where we read as we chat, where we spend hours together, without making eye contact. Just 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 that display, stop watching this video, live life the real way.

100 thoughts on “Look Up | Gary Turk – Official Video

  1. such an awesome, relevant and worthwhile video! Well-made and oh so powerful.
    Thank you for making this. I used it to show students at the college I used to work at and will use it at the high school I now work for.
    Every human being in the world that has a smart phone should watch this video!

  2. Oh yes, let me throw away my phone, computer, and every other piece of technology I have. Lets see how much more social ill become now that people cant text me inviting me to go to a party, hang out, or have a meet up before work/school.
    I totally wont be in my room hoping my busy friends use their little free time to come check on me, even though they probably wouldn't have talked to me in months due to not being able to make plans over phone and have probably met other people that they can get in contact with much easier then they can me.

    This comment was brought to you by: A Senior whos tired of their teachers bullshit about trying to get us to "look away from our phones" even though outside of school, most of us have a healthy social life with friends we hang out with regularly.

  3. 5 years later, i have returned.
    This forgotten lesson, has now been relearned.
    I must thank YouTube recommended,
    as i, have apprehended,
    This little piece of wisdom.
    I can now escape the prison,
    That is my mobile phone,
    I will no longer be alone.

  4. Thank you so much you just explained everything to everybody I am not on my phone 24/7 I mean I want a wife and I want to have kids so yeah

  5. This video was disliked that many times because the information in the description was not mentioned in the video: "I don't want you to stop using social media or smartphones.
    It's about finding a balance. It's about making sure you are awake, alive and living life in the moment; instead of living your life through a screen. I use social media only when appropriate, and to keep followers up to date with new projects and fun/interesting things."

  6. Intelligent words of advice that most people will identify with but ultimately will ignore. The lure of the bright screen is just too powerful. Sorry but it's too late for humanity. We are already lost.

    I think when he did a forward life review and ended with his wife's final heart beat, that was taking things a bit too far. Should have ended that part of the poem at the part where he holds his grandson. That's just my opinion.

  7. Yes, he might have not met his future wife by looking at his phone, but many people meet their loved ones online. So this poem doesn't really make sense to me.

  8. Блин… пять лет ролику, а ситуация с тех пор все хуже и хуже…. сколько за эти пять лет появилось новых сетей, опутывающих детей и взрослых. Кстати, из одной такой сети мне удалось " вырваться" два с половиной года назад. Появилось время для семьи, книг…. но все же…. моя 16-летняя дочь зависает там плотно…

  9. I remember my teacher in high school showed us this video back in 2014, nearly every year since I've come back to it and it's truer than it's ever been after all this time. It's so inspirational and yet so scary all at once.

  10. The generation of 2005 in my opinion (my generation) has been the best so far out of any other. My friends and I go out just to be away from everything to do stupid things and remember them forever between eachother. As a very young child my parents had very bad technology leaving me to go out into the world. All it took was a quick message saying let's go out and we had the time of our lives. Even to this day we go out and socialize with each other, explore life and enjoy every second of our lives.

  11. One of the greatest videos on this platform, I watched it at least 4 years ago and I still go back to it when im feeling down. I love how Gary is still active in the comments. Thanks!!

  12. I can confirm that the kid at 1:28 is in fact playing borderlands

    To all the people who will respond in a narcissistic tone. OK boomer

  13. What's sad is I watched this when I was 13 and I had no social media. I'm now nearly 19 and use Facebook and Snapchat a bit more and stay inside learning to program… and I'm still shit

  14. I went to see a comedy movie and so many people were on their phones. Why did you pay 30 bucks to watch a movie if your just gonna play on your phone? I was the only one watching, it felt akward as hell

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