This Video About Technology Is A Must-See!
In our September issue, Choices magazine raised this question: Are smartphones making us stupid? Two teens debated the topic — one said we rely too much on our phones, while the other pointed out the value of being only a click away from a wealth of information. Regardless of which side you're on, this video may make you rethink the amount of time you spend behind a screen. "Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?" is a spoken word video by Prince EA (real name Richard Williams) from St. Louis, Missouri.
In his video, he raises some very valid points: Facebook has become more an "anti-social network," since connections on a computer screen have, in some ways, replaced real life contact. He also cleverly mentions how touch screens have made us lose touch.
Think about it—the last time you went out to dinner with friends, how often did you look at your phone? Does checking Twitter ever distract you from enjoying the present moment? What about the need to snap a photo and Instagram every activity? Do you get anxiety if someone doesn't answer your text right away?
No matter how you feel, this video is worth a watch. Maybe it'll inspire you to spend more quality time with people — not on Skype and not through your cellphone:
Tell us what you think in the comments below! For more stories about technology and teens, check out Choices magazine — a health, well-being, and life skills resource for middle and high schoolers. Past articles on this topic include “RU 2 RUDE 2 B ONLINE?” and “Which one of them is a cyberbully?".