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  • 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 then realised

  • 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, it's just an illusion,

  • of 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 our information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard.

  • A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion,

  • where we share all our best bits, but leave out the emotion.

  • We are at our most happy with an experience we share,

  • but is it the same if no one is there.

  • Be there for you friends, and they'll be there too,

  • but no one will be, if a group message will do.

  • We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation,

  • we pretend we don't notice the social isolation.

  • We put our words into order, until our lives are glistening,

  • we don't even know if anyone is listening.

  • Being alone isn't the problem, let me just emphasize,

  • that if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise,

  • you are being productive, and present, not reserved or 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, and step away from the phone.

  • You don't need to stare at your menu, or at your contact list,

  • just talk to one another, and learn to co-exist.

  • I can't stand to hear the silence, of a busy commuter train,

  • when no one wants to talk through 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,

  • watch us living like robots, and think it's the norm.

  • It's not very likely you will make world's greatest dad,

  • if you cant entertain a child without a using an iPad.

  • When I was a child, I would never be home,

  • I'd be out with my friends, on our bikes we would roam.

  • We'd ware holes in our trainers, and graze up our knees;

  • we'd build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees.

  • Now the parks are so quiet, it gives me a chill

  • to see no children outside and the swings hanging still.

  • There's no skipping or 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 that display,

  • take in your surroundings, and 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 you first hold her hand, or first kiss her lips,

  • the time you first disagree, but still love her to bits.

  • The time you don't need to tell hundreds, about what you've just done,

  • because you want to share the 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 baby 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 little girl returns, with a boy for you to hold,

  • and the day he calls you granddad, and makes you feel real old

  • The time you take in all you've made, just by giving life attention,

  • and how your glad you didn't waste it, by looking down at some invention

  • The time you hold your wife's hand, and 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 finite existence, a set number of days.

  • Why waste all our time getting caught in the net,

  • as when the end comes, nothing's worse than regret.

  • I am guilty too, of being part of this machine,

  • this digital world, where we are heard but not seen.

  • Where we type and don't talk, where 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 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.

I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely.

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