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"Look Up" from Gary Turk

Powerful message. We feel everyone on Facebook should watch this at least once and pass it on.

I have four-hundred-and-twenty-two friends, yet I'm lonely 
I speak to all of them everyday, 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 realize 
That 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 is 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 information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard 
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion 
Where we all share our best bits, but, leave out the emotion 

We're at our most happy with an experience we share 
But is it the same if no one is there? 
Be there for your friends and they'll be there too 
But no one will be if a group message will do 

We edit and exaggerate, crave adulation 
We pretend not to notice the social isolation 
We put our words into order and turn our lives a-glistening 
We don't even know if anyone is listening 

Being alone isn't a problem let me just emphasize; 
If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise 
You're being productive at present not reserved to 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 coexist 

I can't stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train 
Where no one to talk for 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, who now think it's the norm 
It's not very likely you'll make worlds greatest dad 
If you can't entertain a child without using an iPad 

When I was a child, I'd never be home 
Be out with my friends on our bikes we'd roam 
I'd wear holes on my trainers, and graze up my knees 
We'd build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees 

Now the parks so quiet, it gives me a chill 
See no children outside and the swings hanging still 
There's no skipping, no 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 the display 
Take in your surroundings, 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 she first hold your hand, or first kiss your lips 
The time you first disagree and you still love her to bits 

The time you don't have to tell hundreds of what you've just done 
Because you want to share this 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 little 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 baby girl returns, with a boy for you to hold 
And the time he calls you granddad and makes you feel real old The time you've taken all you've made, just by giving life attention 
And how you're glad you didn't waste it, by looking down at some invention 

The time you hold your wife's hand, 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 final act existence a set number of days 
Don't waste your life getting caught in the net 
'Cause when the end comes nothing's worse than regrets 

I'm guilty too of being part of this machine 
This digital world, we are heard but not seen 
Where we type as we talk, and we read as we chat 
Where we spend hours together without making eye-contact 

So don't give into 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


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