A MOVING film aimed at getting us to do less tweeting and much more speaking has been viewed more than 21 million times on YouTube.
Made by Gary Turk, the video, called ‘Look up’ was posted on April 25 and, through poetry, encourages us to get out and meet people, rather than just chat on social networks.
It tells the story of a man who meets his future partner by chance in the street, and goes on to have children and grandchildren with her, until we see him as an old man, telling his wife how much he loves her.
Then, we are told, none of it happened, because the man was looking at his phone for directions, rather than sparking that fateful meeting by asking a woman in the street for directions.
It suggests playgrounds are empty because children are inside on computers, tablets and games consoles, or chatting with their friends on Facebook.
“'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through 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,” says the text accompanying the video.
Ironically, of course, the video has gone viral, although at he end of it Turk tells us: “Look up from your phone, shut down that display, stop watching this video, live life the real way”.