Social Media may actually be Anti-Social

“Look Up” by Gary Turk.

I have 422 friends, yet I am 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 realized
This media we call “social” is anything but
When we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut

All these technologies 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 are 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 will 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 when no one is there?
Be there for your friends and they will 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 tint our lives a-glistening
We don’t even know if anyone is listening

Being alone isn’t a problem let me just emphasize
We read a book, paint a picture or do some exercises
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 are 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 the 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 wants to talk for the fear of looking insane.
We are becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
To engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes.

We are surrounded by children who since they were born
Have watched us living like robots and think it’s a norm
It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s greatest dad
If you can’t entertain a child without using an Ipad

When I was a child I’ll never be home
Be out with my friends, on our bikes we’d roam
Wear holes on my trainers and graze up my knees
We’ll build our club house high up in the trees

Now the parks are quiet it gives me a chill
See no children outside and the swings, they get still
There’s no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple
We are 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 a moment as she gives you the look
That you will remember forever as when love overtook
The time she first held your hand or she first kissed your lips
The time you first disagreed and still loved her to bits

The time you don’t have to tell hundreds of what you’ve just done
Because you want to share the moment with just this one
The time you sold 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
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 grand dad and makes you feel real old
The time you take in all you 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 sitting down beside her bed
You tell her that you love her, 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 on the street

But none of these times ever happened. You’ve never had any of this
When you are too busy looking down you don’t seen the chances you miss
So look up from your phone, shut down those displays
We have a finite existence, a certain number of days

Don’t waste your life getting caught in the net
As when the end comes nothing is worse than regrets
I am guilty too of being part of this machine
This digital world where 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
Don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype
Give people your love, don’t give them your “Likes”

Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
Go out to the world leave distractions behind
Look up from your phone shut down that display
Stop watching the video, live life the real way

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