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Social Media is a Delusion Message in Haunting Viral “Look Up” Video

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Social media is an illusion

If there is one health message you should listen to today before starting another week of constant e-mailing, face-booking, texting, twittering, etc., now is the time to stop for just 5 minutes and reflect on this social-media-is-a-delusion message in a haunting YouTube video that has gone viral with its opening sentence in poetic form:

“I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely. I speak to all of them every day, yet none of them really know me,” says Gary Turk in his 'Look Up' as a lesson for all that he describes as a love story in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

So, is Mr. Turk right? I believe he is. His grasp of society and its problems, lost opportunities and eventual regrets resound on the mark when he waxes poetic with such lines as:

“We are a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.”

“When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you missed.”

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In fact, research is showing that social media…as everything else… has its downside where Twitter use may hurt your personal relationships or the possibility that a silent iPad health hazard exists that could kill some users in their sleep.

But is he correct? Not always. Technology has saved as well as killed. And when used judiciously and wisely such as electronic tools for aiding language development in autistic kids or when an iPad alerts someone that they may have cancer--it shows that technology…including social media…has helped many.

But we are an online generation in a nation of excess. How much of your time has been wasted telling faceless others the minutia of your life; sharing yet another cute kitten video; or, sought the equivalent of emotional masturbation through a sense of inclusion that is the illusion of social media―when we would have better spent that time with our families? Face to face, hand in hand.

Hear his words in your thoughts this day:

“Lookup from that phone, shut down that display, stop watching this video, start living life the right way.”

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Reference: “Look Up” Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk