“Nobody takes in life unless it comes through this,” Louis C.K. once lamented, as he typed away on an invisible smartphone. “Like I think if Jesus comes back and starts telling everyone everything, everyone’s just gonna be Twittering.”
A film, written by and starring actress Charlene deGuzman, takes a slightly more somber approach. The two-minute short, “I Forgot My Phone,” shows groups of people in various social situations, the majority of which are utterly engrossed by their phones instead of the world around them. Whether it’s taking in a spectacular view, holding a conversation with friends, or innocently enjoying a swing, the phone takes precedence over real life.
It’s depressing because we’ve all seen it, and sad because to a certain extent, we all do it.